Introduction to West Africa

Imagine you are a North African trader who must deliver a load of salt. As you travel south towards the empire of Ghana, you know that you must travel across the desert, through the savannah, and may have to cross the Niger River. You have heard many stories from your fellow traders about the difficulties of this journey. This will be your first trip.

Imagine you come to one of the locations depicted on the image below. Write a brief diary entry that describes your adventures, feelings, and any difficulties you may have encountered.

976 C.E.
Dear Diary,