Why Mali was Rich

Why Mali was Rich
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Ibn Battuta’s journey through the Sahara Desert was his last journey of his life. He started at Sijilmasa, where he joined a caravan after his voyage from Fez, and before that, China. At Sijilmasa Ibn joined a caravan lead by Abu Muhammad Yandakan al-Massufi and was headed toward Mali, crossing the great Sahara Desert. After twenty-five horrific days the caravan reached Taghaza, and the caravan spent three strained days at Taghaza, mostly because of the brackish water filled with flies. From here there is a ten day travel with little to no water along the way. Their destination: Tasarahla. At Tasarahla there are large underground lakes where caravans stop for three days to replenish food and most importantly water supplies. From there the takshif were sent out. A takshif is the name given to a man of a Massufa whom the people of the caravan hire to go ahead of them to Walatta with letters asking for their friends to come four days journey in advance with water and supplies. But the takshif don’t always make it… The caravan also had a guide, but Ibn noticed that the guide of his caravan had one eye blind and the other diseased, but he knew the route better that any of them.

Storyboard Text

  • Ibn Battuta's journey started at Sijilmasa
  • Before that, he was at Fez and China
  • This caravan was led by Abu Muhammad Yandakan al-Massufi
  • This journey is important because this is what the gold-salt traders had to do to complete their trades
  • Ibn Battuta's journey went from North to West Africa, and that is how the gold-salt trade went respectively 
  • This is important because the gold-salt trade is what made Mali rich and powerful in the Classical Era
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