Mansa Musa may not be as famous as some other historical figures, but during his life, he had a tremendous impact on the world. He was known as a brilliant leader and a tremendously wealthy man, and he traveled and spread his influence between Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. His kingdom became one of the most prosperous ones in the world at that time, and he cultivated an atmosphere that promoted learning and knowledge. But what is the story behind the life and reign of the Sultan, Mansa Musa the first of Mali?


1. Wealth and Wisdom

Mansa Musa is primarily known now as the richest man in history, a moniker he has received due to his astonishing reserves of gold and  valuable resources. Even at the time, he was famous for his wealth, first gaining the attention of scholars and chroniclers due to the amazing gifts he brought along on a pilgrimage to Mecca. However, there was much more to this leader than mere money.

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