The Rise and Fall of the Mali Empire

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Kelly Macquire
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published on 14 May 2024

Did you know that at the time, the Mali Empire was the largest empire Africa had seen?

Founded by Sundiata Keita in 1240, the Mali Empire became the wealthiest kingdom of West Africa and was Africa’s largest empire up to that time. The Mali Empire flourished under its first king as a centralised government. Diplomatic ties with other principalities and a well-trained army were established, and even greater heights of wealth and expansion of territory were gained under King Mansa Musa I who reigned in the early fourteenth century. The wealth of the Mali Empire developed through control of the regional trade routes as they served as a middle trader between North Africa and the Niger River to the south.

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— CHAPTERS —
0:00​ Introduction
0:42 What is the Mali Empire?
2:49 Sundiata and the Establishment of Mali
5:35 Trade and Timbuktu
8:04 Mansa Musa I and the wealth of the Mali Empire
9:38 Decline and Fall of the Mali Empire

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Mali Empire https://www.worldhistory.org/Mali_Empire/
Mansa Musa I https://www.worldhistory.org/Mansa_Musa_I/
Timbuktu https://www.worldhistory.org/Timbuktu/
Sundiata Keita https://www.worldhistory.org/Sundiata_Keita/
Songhai Empire https://www.worldhistory.org/Songhai_Empire/

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Kelly Macquire
Kelly is a graduate from Monash University who has completed her BA (Honours) in Ancient History and Archaeology, focussing on iconography and status in Pylos burials. She has a passion for mythology and the Aegean Bronze Age.

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Macquire, K. (2024, May 14). The Rise and Fall of the Mali Empire. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/video/3155/the-rise-and-fall-of-the-mali-empire/

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Macquire, Kelly. "The Rise and Fall of the Mali Empire." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified May 14, 2024. https://www.worldhistory.org/video/3155/the-rise-and-fall-of-the-mali-empire/.

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