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Why were storytellers so important in the empire of Mali?
Storytellers passed on traditions and stories from one generation to another.
Why was the empire of Mali so wealthy?
Mali was on the trade route from the Sahara Desert to the gold mines of Western Africa. Salt (a spice) was traded for gold.
What does trade mean?
The exchange of one thing for another.
Where is the home of the ancient empire of Mali?
Western Africa, below the Sahara Desert.
What do we know about the leaders, or heads of the empire of Mali?
The kings or heads of Mali were rich and powerful because they controlled trade in West Africa.
Why was Timbuktu an important city in Mali?
Timbuktu was important because it had a famous univeristy and a large library.
How did the people of the desert use salt?
The people of the desert used salt for their health and to preserve (make things last) their food.