The Gold Road

Welcome to the Gold Road Project!

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The Gold Road Interactive Map highlights the people, places, and items related to the medieval Sudanic empires of Ghana, Mali and Songhai. Gold, the region’s most valuable resource, moved along regional and trans-Saharan routes reaching as far north as France. The Gold Road invites users to explore hundreds of topics related to the empires and their role in global history.

*This map has been optimized for use on desktop computers with a resolution of 1280 pixels wide or greater.

Thank you to our Sponsors and Charter Members for making this experience possible.


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Charter Members:

Marylee Crofts, Vincent Gray, Janyce and Donald Marshall, Patricia and Ernest Myers, Jacqueline Randolph, Liane Rosenblatt,  Jo Sullivan, Elaine Terry, Bonnie Wilson


Vanessa Oyugi, Ph.D., Brenda Randolph, M.A., M.L.S., Ania Ueno, M.A.,  Elsa Wiehe, Ed.D.


David Conrad Ph.D.