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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