The fact of #Ghana empire #ghanatrade #saltandgold #goldcoast

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The Ghana Empire (c. 400 until c. 1200), properly known as Awkar (Ghana or Ga’na being the title of its ruler) was located in what is now southeastern Mauritania and western Mali. Complex societies based on trans-Saharan trade with salt and gold had existed in the region since ancient times. But the introduction of the camel to western Sahara in the 3rd century A.D. gave way to great changes in the area that became the Ghana Empire.

When the Gold Coast in 1957 became the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to regain its independence from colonial rule it was renamed in honor of the long gone empire from which the ancestors to the Akan people of modern-day Ghana are thought to have migrated.