What made Timbuktu an expert trading center?

700 years ago, Timbuktu was an expert trading center because it was geographically convenient, had resources that other places wanted and needed, and it was accessible from all directions with a river for transportation nearby.

  • Timbuktu had a useful location for trading because north of timbuktu there lies a desert, yet south of the city there is a river, providing simple transportation for goods and people.
  • Timbuktu is an easy spot to pass through because of its location.
  • Salt was a significant good in trade, yet not a lot of places had it, but Timbuktu did, giving the upper hand.

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