What were the Berber camel caravans known as?
|King Ezana||king of Axum; conquered Kush; converted to Christianity|
|Ghana||the first great trading state in west Africa|
|Berbers||nomadic people whose camel caravans became known as the “fleets of the desert”|
|camel caravans||crucial to trade across the Sahara|
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Similarly, you may ask, what is a camel caravan called?
A camel train or caravan is a series of camels carrying passengers and/or goods on a regular or semi-regular service between points. Camel trains were also used sparingly elsewhere around the globe. Since the early 20th century they have been largely replaced by motorized vehicles or air traffic.
Subsequently, question is, where did camel caravans originate? Since the Middle Ages, camel caravans have navigated north from the fabled city of Timbuktu, in present-day Mali, West Africa, in search of the gold of the Sahara desert—salt.
Simply so, why were camels used by traders crossing the Sahara?
Traders moved their goods across the Sahara in large groups called caravans. Camels were the main mode of transportation and were used to carry goods and people. Sometimes slaves carried goods as well. Large caravans were important because they offered protection from bandits.
Do camel caravans still exist?
The caravans, albeit on a much smaller scale than in their heyday, are still going today. Saharan salt from Taoudenni is still transported by Tuareg camel caravans, the 90-kilo slabs now ultimately destined for the refineries of Bamako in Mali.