Travel Tuesday: The Mali Empire

Here’s today’s Black History Month destination, The Mali Empire.

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The Mali Empire was a major African civilization that thrived between the 13th and 16th centuries. Founded by a man named Sundiata Keita (aka the Lion King), the empire was located near present-day West Africa.

While the Lion King was an impressive ruler, the empire flourished the most under Mansa Musa, who holds the title of the richest man in history. His fortune was worth a whopping $400 billion—an amount that puts Bill Gates to shame. Musa also made Timbuktu, the Mali capital, the main center for education and culture in Africa, allowing scholars from all over the continent to come and study.

Like Benin, Mali was successful in trade because of its location by the Niger River.However, invaders from Morocco plundered it in 1593. This weakened the empire, and Mali soon ceased to be an important political entity.

Check out the quick link about the Mali empire below.

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