About Mansa Musas

About Mansa Musa

Musa Keita I (c. 1280—c. 1337) was the tenth Mansa, which translates as "sultan" (king), "conqueror", or emperor of the wealthy West African Mali Empire. At the time of Musa's rise to the throne, the Malian Empire consisted of territory formerly belonging to the Ghana Empire in present-day southern Mauritania and in Melle (Mali) and the immediate surrounding areas.  During his reign Mali may have been the largest producer of gold in the world at a point of exceptional demand. One of the richest people in history, he is known to have been enormously wealthy; reported as being inconceivably rich by contemporaries, "There's really no way to put an accurate number on his wealth."

Additional Reading on Mansa Musa

The myth of Mansa Musa’s enslaved entourage
“Stories about his [Mansa Musa’s] journey have numerous anecdotes which are not true and which the mind refuses to admit”.