Mansa Musa was an emperor of the Mali Empire back in the fourteenth century. He is the African ruler from medieval times who is mostly known to the world outside of Africa. He got introduced to the rulers of the European continent back in 1324 through his elaborate pilgrimage to the city of Mecca. He is a very popular ruler because he managed to stretch the Mali Empire on over 2000 miles of land, including nations such as modern Gambia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Guinea, Burkina Faso and also Chad. What is more, his ruling ensured decades of peaceful times as well as prosperity throughout the entire Western Africa from the Atlantic Ocean to the Lake Chad.

The Beginning of his Reign

Now, Musa managed to become the emperor of the Mali Empire back in 1312 following the death of Abu-Bakr II – his predecessor. Upon his crowning, he received the name Mansa. This is a word which literally translates to King. Mansa Musa, therefore, means King Musa. He was knowledgeable in Arabic, and he was described as a traditionalist in terms of Muslims. Interestingly enough, he managed to become the first Muslim ruler in the Western parts of Africa who did the nearly four-thousand-mile journey to the city of Mecca. The preparation of this journey alone took a year.

Prosperity of the Nation

 The entire Empire prospered throughout the ruling of King Musa. He was known to be one of the most generous and considerate rulers of Western Africa. It is a definitive statement and proof that the gold market of Cairo managed to recover after the king visited it and gave away so much gold on his trip to Mecca and back.

He is also known as one of the richest rulers in the world. A lot of his riches, however, he distributed to the people.


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