Mansa Musa, one of the wealthiest people who ever lived – Jessica Smith


If someone asked you
who the richest people in history were, who would you name? Perhaps a billionaire banker
or corporate mogul, like Bill Gates or John D. Rockefeller. How about African King Musa Keita I? Ruling the Mali Empire
in the 14th century CE, Mansa Musa, or the King of Kings, amassed a fortune that possibly made him one of the wealthiest
people who ever lived. But his vast wealth was only
one piece of his rich legacy. When Mansa Musa came to power in 1312, much of Europe was racked
by famine and civil wars. But many African kingdoms
and the Islamic world were flourishing, and Mansa Musa played a great role
in bringing the fruits of this flourishing to his own realm. By strategically annexing
the city of Timbuktu, and reestablishing power
over the city of Gao, he gained control
over important trade routes between the Mediterranean
and the West African Coast, continuing a period of expansion,
which dramatically increased Mali’s size. The territory of the Mali Empire
was rich in natural resources, such as gold and salt. The world first witnessed the extent
of Mansa Musa’s wealth in 1324 when he took his pilgrimage to Mecca. Not one to travel on a budget, he brought a caravan stretching
as far as the eye could see. Accounts of this journey are mostly
based on an oral testimony and differing written records, so it’s difficult to determine
the exact details. But what most agree on is the extravagant
scale of the excursion. Chroniclers describe an entourage
of tens of thousands of soldiers, civilians, and slaves, 500 heralds bearing gold staffs
and dressed in fine silks, and many camels and horses
bearing an abundance of gold bars. Stopping in cities such as Cairo, Mansa Musa is said to have spent
massive quantities of gold, giving to the poor, buying souvenirs, and even having mosques
built along the way. In fact, his spending may have
destabilized the regional economy, causing mass inflation. This journey reportedly took over a year,
and by the time Mansa Musa returned, tales of his amazing wealth had spread
to the ports of the Mediterranean. Mali and its king were elevated
to near legendary status, cemented by their inclusion
on the 1375 Catalan Atlas. One of the most important world maps
of Medieval Europe, it depicted the King holding a scepter
and a gleaming gold nugget. Mansa Musa had literally put his empire
and himself on the map. But material riches weren’t
the king’s only concern. As a devout Muslim,
he took a particular interest in Timbuktu, already a center of religion
and learning prior to its annexation. Upon returning from his pilgrimage, he had the great
Djinguereber Mosque built there with the help of
an Andalusian architect. He also established a major university,
further elevating the city’s reputation, and attracting scholars and students
from all over the Islamic world. Under Mansa Musa,
the Empire became urbanized, with schools and mosques
in hundreds of densely populated towns. The king’s rich legacy
persisted for generations and to this day, there are mausoleums,
libraries and mosques that stand as a testament
to this golden age of Mali’s history.

100 thoughts on “Mansa Musa, one of the wealthiest people who ever lived – Jessica Smith”

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  2. He was a very wealthy man, helping the poor and upgrading cities on the way. He wasn’t flexing. He can’t back to his country after a year, meaning he was saving for the journey ahead of him so he won’t have to go back and forth. Instead of wasting it on things for himself, he gave it to the less fortunate and helped education and religion thrive. We owe this man respect

  3. If he is a african , why he couldn’t afford something that make africa clean and have some big structure like america :/ thats my question i have wondered about 11 yrs ago

  4. And don't forget that back then money was more expensive than today's money, if you brought a dollar there, you would get almost one hundred dollars back in their currency.

  5. He was too loud those European shouldn’t know about him 😞 after his flexing they came and took over the Africa😢…

  6. Talking from others forcefully or duping others is the only way to get that rich back then and now…Im sure he was a genuinely kind, honest and just person….You think he invested in the stock market?

  7. Africans, the strongest bloodline, A Race full of kings and queens, And gods. we are creation it’s self.

  8. when europeans were still shiting on the floor and thinking that a monster ate the sun when an eclipse happened …

  9. he might be 2nd. Hazrat Abdur rehman bin Ouf was the richest person in history, according to wikipedia he had $507 billion worth of assets including Dirhams and Dinars.

  10. Everyone got respect in this world only when he/she submitted his her will to ALLAH. Islam started with Adam and will remain when every other religion on the world vanished.

  11. I was expecting Djinguereber Mosque to be a beautiful mosque since it was built in the 1300s… But NOPE! What happened to all of that wealth though? Timbuktu looks like ruins now from the pictures on the internet…

  12. "There are mausoleums, libraries, and mosque that stand as a testament to this golden age of Mali's history."

    It was literally a "golden" age

  13. The King of Mali is so rich, he's going on tour to let everyone know
    NORTH AFRICA and THE MIDDLE EAST: Wow, that guy's rich.

  14. Everything was going excellent! & Just then the white breed started to invade & meddle with African stuff & now we have the exact opposite situation in both the continent's economic situation.

  15. Hey guys. Will you make a video on 'where did mansa musa's wealth go?' 😂😂😂😂😂
    Ofcourse, if your government allows to 🤭🤭

  16. The king of Mali is so rich he went on tour to let everybody know, “wow that guy’s rich” everyone said.

  17. I have a question……

    If that Mali give away his gold for poor people in africa

    How come theres alot of poor africa in this era? Where did his gold go?

  18. “We were from the most humiliated. And Allah gave us honor through Islam. The day we leave Islam. Allah will humiliate us again” – Umar ibn Khattab (RA)

  19. In short, Africa wasn't always the way it looks today. Something happened and if the Arabic countries aren't steady, those who crippled Africa will cripple them.

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