Mansa Musa's Influence On American Culture

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The Mali Empire was located along the Niger River and included even more land than the Empire before it, Ghana. Like its predecessors, they also participated in salt and gold trade. Mali had a famous Muslim leader by the name of Mansa Musa. He spread Islam throughout West Africa and went on a famous pilgrimage to Mecca. He also supported education and Islam so he had scholars set up schools and mosques in Mali.
One of Mali’s most famous rulers was Mansa Musa. He did many things during his rule such as encouraging learning and the arts and even extended the boundaries of his kingdom. One of the most famous things he did in his rule was go on a pilgrimage to Mecca. According to a story, 500 slaves, 60,000 followers, and 80-100 camel loads went along with him. Along the, he gave so much gold out to people, even the poor, that the …show more content…

First, quite similar to Mansa Musa’s pilgrimage, many people/ Native Americans went on the journey. About 20,000 Cherokees went on the journey while approximately 60,500 people went on the pilgrimage to Mecca. Quite differently to the Trail of Tears, Mansa Musa wanted to take his journey/ pilgrimage to Mecca while the Cherokees were forced to relocate because of Andrew Jackson and other American leaders. The time periods that these events took place were also different. The Trail of Tears occurred in 1838- 1839 while Mansa Musa’s pilgrimage happened from 1324-1325 but they are similar because they both take the time span of about 1 year. Unlike the Trail of Tears, Mansa Musa’s pilgrimage had a pretty positive ending. Due to the harsh conditions, the outcome was that thousands of Native Americans died (4,000 to 15,000 died). On the other hand, Mansa Musa’s journey spread tales of the splendor and glory of the kingdom of Mali. Poets, scholars, and artists flocked to Timbuktu and because of the attraction of scholars to Sankore University, trade

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