Mali started as a small province in the
kingdom of Ghana. In time, Mali took over.
Sundiata was Mali's young king. He was
a great leader and very clever. Rather than simply trade with the
people to the north and to the south, Sundiata expanded Mali so that
Mali actually controlled some of the gold mines and some of the salt
His son continued to
expand Mali, when he took over as king.
it was Sundiata's grandson, Mansa
Musa, who has fascinated people for hundreds of years.
Mansa Musa loved knowledge. He built a university in Timbuktu, one of
the cities on the Trans-Sahara
Trade Route. He established religious freedom. As for
himself, he converted to Islam, and traveled extensively.