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The creation of new trading centers along the West African coast slowed but did not wholly end trans-Saharan trade. New intermediaries, like the Asante Empire (in central Ghana) benefitted from their role as connectors between the Sahara and the Atlantic. In Asante, the legacy of the Saharan gold trade continued—particularly in the systems of measure based on the mithqal (4.5 grams) that were used to weigh gold—the lifeblood of the empire.