Mansa Musa, fourteenth century emperor of Mali, is the medieval African ruler most known to the world outside Africa.  His elaborate pilgrimage to the Muslim holy city of Mecca in 1324 introduced him to rulers in the Middle East and in Europe.  His leadership of Mali, a state which stretched across two thousand miles from the Atlantic Ocean to Lake Chad, ensured decades of peace and prosperity in Western Africa. 
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Mansa Musa gave out so much gold when he went to Egypt, that he messed up the economy there.Also, once Europeans found out about the treasures that could be found in Africa, the began trying to figure out how to get there (which has its own implications right up to present day.)

Mansa Musa, fourteenth century emperor of Mali, is the medieval African ruler most known to the world outside Africa.  His elaborate pilgrimage to the Muslim holy city of Mecca in 1324 introduced him to rulers in the Middle East and in Europe.  His leadership of Mali, a state which stretched across two thousand miles from the Atlantic Ocean to Lake Chad, ensured decades of peace and prosperity in Western Africa. 

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Mansa Musa gave out so much gold when he went to Egypt, that he messed up the economy there.

Also, once Europeans found out about the treasures that could be found in Africa, the began trying to figure out how to get there (which has its own implications right up to present day.)

(Source: mediumaevum, via thefemaletyrant)