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        Kush's Rise to Power | Rise of the Black Pharaohs

        The Kush Kingdom's location on the Nile River made it a major trade hub between Sub-Saharan Africa and Egypt. Ivory, ebony, and exotic animals funneled from Kerma to Egypt, but gold became the Kush's most valued export. The Kush Kingdom was known to Egyptians as the land of gold; Egyptians had an insatiable appetite for gold jewelry, funerary marks, and gold-leaf coffins. Providing this gold became the Kush's primary source of wealth and power.

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