What is the trans Saharan slave trade?
The trans Saharan slave trade was part of the Gold Salt Trade between the West African Empires and the Islamic Empires.
Slaves were one of the primary commodity the West African Empires of Ghana, Mali and Songhai traded to the Islamic Empires to the north across the Sahara desert.
The stronger tribes ruling the Empires would conquer smaller weaker tribes and sell the captured people as slaves to the Islamic traders. This trade was so pervasive that the Arabic word for slave is the same word as the word for a black person.
The trans Saharan slave trade was trade between the West African Empires with the Islamic Empires.