The Ghana Empire: Mansa Musa

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In the same region that the Ghana empire once existed, a new empire came to power. In the 1230s, the Malinke people took control of the trade routes in West Africa. King Sundiata conquered and united several smaller kingdoms to form Mali, extending their territory to the Atlantic Ocean. A relative of Sundiata named Mansa Musa took control in 1307. A devout Muslim, he further expanded Mali and supported the construction of mosques, libraries and universities. Great writers and artists from all over the world flocked to the great cultural center of Timbuktu, part of Mali’s conquest. Mansa Musa became famous for his 1324 pilgrimage to Mecca, during which time other civilizations saw the wealth of the Mali. Camels carried bags of gold, and members
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