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CLIP 14207

Mansa Musa of Mali – The richest man ever

Mansa Musa of Mali – The richest man ever

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Key Info
  • Mansa Musa of Mali – The richest man ever
  • Duration: 04:15
  • Mansa Musa caused a sensation when he and his large retinue spent three months in Cairo in 1324. The Emperor of the Mali had crossed the Sahara desert on a pilgrimage to Mecca. Muslim Mali was rich in culture, agriculture, trade, and above all gold. Such was Mansa Musa's generosity, that during his visit to Cairo his gifts triggered the collapse of the price of gold and the Egyptian economy took ten years to recover. The river Niger and the Muslim trading world helped to connect Mansa Musa with European culture. He was pictured at the heart of Africa in a Spanish map, the Catalan Atlas, in 1375. First broadcast on 'Andrew Marr's History of the World' on BBC One in October 2012.
  • Subject:



    Medieval: Social and Religious Life

  • Keywords: AndrewMarrsHistoryoftheWorld, HistoryoftheWorld, Mansa Musa, Mali, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Benin, Africa, Muslim, black history, empire, gold
Ideas for use in class
  • The story of Mansa Musa's visit to Cairo might be used to prompt a discussion about the relationship between Africa and Europe. Pupils might be asked to comment on how the account matches what they already know about African history and how their expectations might have been challenged.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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