ghana + mali

ghana + mali

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  • Our wealth based on trade, when Almoravids began to invade, we met our downfall, no gold or wealth left at all.
  • Now the wealth is in our hands, we own all the gold in the lands, we control all the trade, not the middle man, we're the upgrade. 
  • The Ghana Empire was able to put 200,000 soldiers in battle, and had the use of iron weapons, giving them an advantage over their enemies. This strong military allowed them to control trade in West Africa
  • Ghana and Mali have our own food, Ghana had a tax system to avoid any feud, from coffee to rice, to corn right from the stalk, and roaming the land, plenty of livestock.  
  • The Almoravids conquered Ghana, whose ultimate downfall was a result of this conquering and the loss of gold. After this, the Malinke people came to power in the area, and created the Mali Empire. 
  • In the beginning there was no way to travel, then we domesticated camels to make less of a hassle, now there are caravans—a major upgrade, allowing for ample travel and lots of trade. 
  • At the top of each social system sat a king, Ghana had governors and Mali griots as his right wing, there was very little social mobility, if the bottom falls we lose tranquility. 
  • Unlike Ghana, Mali owned their own wealth and did not have to be the middleman in the trade, which made them stronger as they did not have to depend on others. 
  • Both empires had a surplus of food to feed their people. Ghana had a tax system that forced peasants to provide a certain amount of their production to the people in the cities. 
  • The domestication of the camel not only allowed for people to settle in West Africa, but also allowed for trade in the region. It became more profitable  because they no longer had to rely on animals not suited for the terrain.
  • Both empires had kings with governors and subordinate kings. The Mali Empire had griots that stayed with the king and carried on the oral tradition. Both empires integrated religion, with the kings of Mali actually converting to Islam.
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