This is Mansa Musa giving gold to a poor man in Taghaza. He is winning the people's hearts through money.
Every couple hours we need to stop, for many of the people (including many Ferbas) are exhausted from these days to months of walking.
I am one of the Muslim Scholars from Timbaktu, the starting point of the great Mansa Musa's Hajj to Mecca. Being well educated both academically and religiously (thanks to the king) I am excited to take part in this great pilgrimage.
We have found a small Oasis to set up camp for the night. Many scholars like myself a astatic to arrive in the economically and academically rich Cairo!
Throughout the beginning of the journey, we stopped at the mines to get much gold and salt then went to Niani. Our journey to Walata was relitivally un-eventful, stopping to rest and pass out gold. Our journey from Walata to Taghaza was very hard, and we suffered some losses with some of the slaves, and soldiers. Once we arrived, some of the Ferbas were unimpressed, but the other scholars and I were glad that we had made it.
The rest of the scholars and I marveled at how Mansa Musa built so many Mosques and Universities!
After leaving the Oasis we traveled for a year through the hot, dry desert. The caravan of 60, 000 people walked day after day, with the camels carrying the gold and salt, and Mansa Musa traveling on a horse. Slaves, soldiers, Ferbas, Griots, and scholars alike were tired, and quite hot. I'm anticipating arriving in the gates of Cairo.
This Mosque is one of the centers of religious learning in Africa. Along with the Mosques and Universities came trade!
We've almost arrived to Cairo, and this week will be one of my last weeks in one of these traveling tents. After so many hours of this pilgrimage spent in the Sahara, everyone is ready to explore Egypt. Our King Mansa Musa says that he has much gold and salt to spend in Cairo!
Once we arrived at Cairo, we stayed there for months. Mansa Musa spent so much gold in Cairo that it caused much inflation. Because of this, the economy of Cairo was messed up for around 12 years!
I stood by Mansa Musa throughout his entire Hajj to Mecca, and witnessed many incredible sights. At the end of the journey, like many other Muslim Scholars I resided at the Djinguereber Mosque in Timbuktu constructed by Mansa Musa.