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Africa - The Mali Empire

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Charmaine Cabance

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Africa in the 15th
Century Mali Mali Mali Geography - located in the western Sudan in Africa
- dry, humid climate
- flat terrain; Northern half covered by the Sahara Desert, Southern half around Niger river valleys and the Senegal
- Niger river was a main resource to Malians, areas surrounding the river were very rich and fertile
- enabled them to be very successful in regards to agriculture
- similar to the Egyptians, the Niger river was essential to their lifestyle
- provided food, water, hygiene, transportation and other resources
- climate is always changing
- February to June; hot and dry, June to November; rainy, mild and humid, November to February; cool and dry Mali The Mali Empire - most powerful empire in western Africa who was freed from rule of former Ghana Empire
- founded by Malinke general, Sundiata Keita
- Islamic background and culture
- excelled in mathematics, astronomy and trade
- extended from the Atlantic ocean across Nigeria, Niger, and the Sahara Art and Literature Government and Law Science and Technology - The Empire’s manipulation of technology (iron and horses) and ecology (beneficial climatic shifts) are said to be the reasons why smaller polities (states) may have integrated into the structure of a larger empire
- Together the griots and leatherworkers, supplied saddles, bridles, sword sheaths, garments, and pouches for amulets
- Potters made their work out of coarse clay and added grog (crushed pot shreds). They mixed their figures by hand.
- Most surviving works are solid, but few are hollow and built with clay coils. Science and Technology (2) - Three big and famous Mosques were built in Timbuktu, Mali. They include Djingareyber, Sankore and Sidi Yahya. The Mosques are excellent examples in demonstrating earthen architecture and traditional maintenance techniques
- The Sidi Yahya Mosque, was built around 1400 by Sheik El Moktar Hamalla.
- Astronomy was a key aspect to the Dogon
- The Star Sirius and a darker star which orbits has been preserved by them
- Marcel Griaule discovered in 1931, that their most sacred and secret traditions spoke of a companion star of Siris, which they called Po Tolo. They knew that it took fifty years complete one orbit around it.
- The Dogon knew about the rings of Saturn. They also knew four Galilean moons of Jupiter centuries before Galileo discovered them
- They also have four calendars, for the sun, moon, Sirius and venus. Science and Technology (3) - Primary weapon for soldiers was a small African bow.
- Malinke (agricultural people living in Mali, Senegal, Gambia) warriors used poisoned arrows.
- For every two archers, there was one warrior armed with spear and long, hide-covered shield. Mansas’ guard used metal shields, helmets, and chain-mail that provided excellent protection, meanwhile lances and swords were excellent for charge and attack. Religion and Values - earliest form of religion is polytheistic, and animist
- animist; believe that plants, inanimate objects, and natural phenomena are soul bearing
- prayed to "Spirits of the Land" to bring their land prosperity and growth
- Later on became influenced by Islam and Muslim religion
- women were seen as child bearers, house workers, and producers of goods
- men were more independent and dominant, entitled to hunting, farming, government positions, etc. Economics - main contribution to the lifespan, reputation and prosperity of the Mali Empire - main and most important trade was gold
- produced more gold than any other country or nation at its economical peek - Niger River was a played a huge role in the Mali Empire, as it was a source of food and drink, good hygiene, transportation and minerals Economics (2) - other important trades and resources; salt, copper, livestock, cotton, kola nuts, ivory, and fish
- also participated in slave trade
- mostly of women and prisoners of war
- Mali Empire was at the top of the trans-Saharan trade route which ran through the Sahara and many other countries in Africa - Ancient Mali had various types of artistic capabilities. Such as making music, entertainment, and art, itself.
- Timbuktu was a part of Mali that was rich in scholars who studied religion, art, and the sciences.
- Madrasas were structures where religious studying occurred.- Timbuktu served as a centre for the trading of scholars and scholarships.
- African art was in close collaboration with religion.
- Also, the art was done to portray special events such as marriage, funerals, and such ceremonies.
- In traditional African art, the human head was portrayed much larger than the rest of the body.
- Pottery and other kitchen-ware were made by the women - King Mansa Musa made Mali grow greatly in territory and power. - Although the Mali Kings had converted to Islam, rituals and laws were maintained.
- Money made from trades and materials went towards paying off government costs and contributed to conquering more territories.
- Mali's economic downfall was caused by his trip to Mecca
- Mali took over territories causing the people in them to become their prisoners. Government and Law (2) - The leaders of the Mali empire were in the order as follows; Mari Djata I, Abu Bakr ll, Musa l, and Mahmud IV.
- Imperial powers were located in Djenne, Gao and Timbuktu
- The mali empire had quite the strong military force
- the Mali empire influenced the culture of west Africa.
-The citizens in the Mali Empire lived by old tribal ways.
- The Mali Empire army was armed and maintained by the state.
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