HI I'm Sundiata and I am Mali's first great leader.
I came to power by crushing a cruel, unpopular leader. I'm the ruler of the the Mali empire.
I proved to be a great leader in peace as in war. I put able adminstrators in charge of Mali's finaces,defense and foreign affair
From my new Capital at Niani, I promoted agriculture and reestablished the gold salt trade
Sundiata is dead.
After Sundiata died in 1255. Some of Mali's next rulers became muslim. These African muslim rulers built mosques, attended public prayers, snd supported the preaching of Muslim holy man. The most famous was Sundiata's grandnewphew named, Mansa Musa.
The empire expanded twice the size of Ghana. He govern his empire by dividing it into provinces.
Mansa Musa was a skilled military leader who exercised royal control over the gold-salt trade and put down every rebellion. His 100,000 man army kept order and protected Mali from being under attack.
Ibn Battuta was a traveler. He visted many country's of the Islamic world. He visited Mali. He traveled without the fear of crime. As a Muslim, he praised the people for their study of the Qur'an. He also criticized the people for not strictly practicing Islam's moral code.
Within 50 yearss, the once powerful empire began to weaken.