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How did the Arabs and Berbers adapt Camels to trade?

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Katlyn Pumphrey

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Transcript of How did the Arabs and Berbers adapt Camels to trade?

AP World History.
There are two things that come to mind when you think about camels:

- Desert caravans crossing the Sahara
- Two, sometimes even three water filled humps

Why did the Arabs and Berbers use camels instead of horses or donkeys?
- Camels feet are better adapted the sand and long endurance walks than horse
- Even though camels are slower than horses and donkey, they are able to carry more goods
They are less likely to be attacked my other predators because camels can kick in all four directs, with all four legs.


Something’s you probably didn’t know are:
- it has been said that drinking camel urine will cure skin diseases such as ringworm, Tinea and abscesses, sores that may appear on the body and hair, and dry and wet ulcers.
- Those humps don’t actually contain water, they are fat pockets that help cool the camel
- They can lose 25% of their body fluids without getting dehydrated. Most mammals can only lose 15%


The Arabs and Berbers used mainly camels to transport goods for trade across the Sahara. They were also used for normal transportation. They domesticated the animals through strict training and provided them with saddles. Also some camels were given the “horseshoe” or rather the camel shoe in this case, in order to help increase the distances that the camels can travel. The camels were also connected to caravans, on average the large camel caravan traders used about 1000 camel.
The Way Arabs and Berbers adapted Camels to travel across the Sahara.
By: Heather Daniels, Savannah Alley, Lauren Young and Katlyn Pumphrey.
The main Goods traded between the Arabs and Berbers:
-Salt
-Gold
This trade relationship was know as the Gold- Salt trade started because the people in the Sahara had so much salt they were making homes out of salt blocks. They lacked other resources. The Sudan (where the empire if Ghana ruled) possessed large amounts of gold. So trading seemed very logical.
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