Map of the Mali Empire


Simeon Netchev
published on 29 April 2024
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A map illustrating the rise and extent of the Mali Empire (c. 1235 - 1672) as it reached its height in the 13th century as one of the most powerful and wealthy states in West Africa. Spanning a vast territory that included modern-day Mali, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Niger, Nigeria, and Mauritania, the Mali Empire was renowned for its abundant gold reserves and control over trans-Saharan trade routes.

Under leaders like Mansa Musa, the Mali Empire became one of the wealthiest empires in the world, known for its grand cities, such as Timbuktu and Gao, and its patronage of Islamic scholarship, art, and architecture. Its efficient administration, strong centralized government, and skilled military forces bolstered the empire's prosperity and influence. However, internal strife, external pressures, and the rise of neighboring states (most notably - the Songhai Empire) eventually led to its gradual decline and fall by the late 16th century.

I would like to thank @Martin_Maansson for his extensive research, inspiration, and amazing map of the medieval trade routes.

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Simeon Netchev
Simeon is a freelance visual designer with a deep interest in the human side of history. He believes that every image should be an interaction, a commentary, and a narrative, and every map should lead on an exciting journey of exploration and discovery.

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