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Mansa Kankan Musa
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    (1280-1337)
    Mansa of the Mali Empire (1312-1337)
    Pilgrimage to Mecca with 100 camels loaded with 200 lbs. of gold (1324)
    He was a devout Muslim and forced his beliefs on his people.
    It is said he killed his mother by accidentally dropping a knife on her leg.
    He was filthy rich and carried his wealth with him everywhere, even on his Holy pilgrimage.
    He gave away so much damn gold while visiting Cairo that the rapid inflation caused gold to be worthless for about 20 years.
    He gave away so much damn gold that, after he reached Mecca, he could not get a ride back to Mali without taking out a massive loan.
    He is depicted on ancient world maps as very well dressed with a huge golden nugget in his hand.
    He drew attention to Mali as a gold rich country that probably made other African nations eager to plunder it.
    His relatives and successors were stingy with their wealth.
    He showed the might of a little known West African Empire to both Islamic and Christian nations.
    He built the Mali empire to the height of its power.
    He gave his five hundred servants in the pilgrimage a staff of gold.
    He was extremely generous.
    He used his wealth to turn the fabled Timbuktu into a major cultural center of Africa.
    He is a leading figure in African history.

Credit: Captain Howdy


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