Since different areas of West Africa had different resources. West Africans traded because they needed things they could not produce themselves.
The Niger River affected the economy of West Africa because it was an important line of , transportation, and trade.
Some of the major trade goods West Africa supplied to North Africa were gold, and crops.
West African cities became centers of trade, religion, and .
The Berbers had a significant impact on West Africa because they established trade routes and spread .
The influence of Islam upon the religious practices of West Africa can be summarized by some people adopted Islam while other kept beliefs.
Governments in West Africa changed after the influence of Islam due to the introduction of the Qu'ran increasing West African .
When Mansa Musa traveled on his pilgrimage, he carried with him a lot of gold. When he returned to Africa, he brought with him and scholars.
Many West Africans learned the Arabic language so they could study the .
Many West African Muslims obtained positions in government because they could .
After the introduction of the Arabic language West Africa benefited with, greater literacy, stronger governments, and more trade. However, their began to decline.
An interest in inspired by the spread of the Arabic language resulted in the development of Timbuktu as a center of culture.
Most of the gold was produced in the part of Africa.