The caravans of gold made the Mali Empire a celebrated name far beyond West Africa.

The caravan routes met at Niani and other staging posts, and their protection was a major function of the empire. Gold, salt, copper, and kola nuts were central to Mali’s economy. Following the reign of Sunjata, Mali became the world’s largest producer of gold. Along with the movement of material goods went the dissemination of Mande language, technology, and culture. Even later, the empire would serve as the major promoter of Islamic ideology and culture across the West African savanna.

Mali Land Investment & Development

Mali Land Investment & Development

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