The Kingdom of Ghana was a medieval African civilization located in what is now Mauritania and western Mali. The empire’s access to gold allowed it to trade for a variety of other resources, specifically salt. This informational text is for grade 9 students, it provides further specifics regarding the trading practices and politics of this great empire. As you read, identify the reasons why the Kingdom of Ghana became powerful and the reasons why this powerful kingdom fell. Salt Worth its Weight in Gold by USHistory.org is licensed under CC BY 4.0.