Mansa Kankou Moussa/Musa (c. 1280- c. 1337) and his holy pilgrimage

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The pilgrimage of Mansa (emperor or sultan) Kankou Moussa of Mali, between 1324 & 1325, to the holy city of Mecca is probably one of the most memorable ever recorded by historians. He brought a large entourage and while on his way, he distributed such large quantities of gold that its value fell.

Mali reached it’s apex during the reign of Mansa Moussa from 1312 to 1337. Mansa Musa conquered 24 cities, each with surrounding districts containing villages and estates. During his reign Mali may have been the largest producer of gold in the world. He was also one of the richest people in history, Times magazine recorded: “There is really no way to put an accurate number on his wealth.”


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