Resources and Specialization in Ancient Mali Study Guide Capital Resources Tools used by people to make things Caravan People traveled around Mali on long rows of camels. Goods Things that people make or use that other people want or need Griots Storytellers in Mali Human Resources People using the land to make goods and services Kings Mansa Musa This king led one of the most famous journeys to the city of Mecca. He gave away gold to the poor he met along his route. Mansa means King….. “King” Musa Farmers salt miners Sundiata An important king in Mali, also known as the Lion King Niger River A Natural Resource that was an important source of water and transportation in Mali. Natural Resources Materials that come from nature. In Mali, natural resources were gold, salt, and water sources/rivers. Gold Salt Producers People who use resources to make goods and/or provide services. Services Weavers builders In Mali, they traded to get what they wanted. Activities (jobs) that help people get what they want or need. Specialization When a person spends all their time producing one type of good or service. These men specialized in boat making. More Information about Ancient Mali On trade routes across Mali, people traded gold from the west for salt from the areas near the Sahara Desert. Bartering is another word for trading. Storytellers (griots) passed on traditions and information from generation to generation. People in Mali farmed, mined, and traded to make a living. Kings (mansas) created a rich and powerful empire that controlled trade in west Africa. Timbuktu was a large important city in Mali—with a large university (a capital resource) containing many Greek and Roman books. Benefits (good things) of Specialization in Ancient Mali: o People could get really good at one thing. o People could trade their specialty (good or service) for other goods or services they needed or wanted. o More work could be done in a day because everyone focused on their specialty. o People learned to use the resources around them to meet their needs, and to satisfy wants.