So we’re done with CC. Thank goodness. He was getting a bit old, eh?
SO NOW IT’S TIME FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.
Ghana, Mali, and Songhai were three territories in Africa.
Ancient Egyptians. Some people like to forget that Egypt was on the coast of Africa, but it is. There a Pharaoh named Amenhotep, Nefertiti, and Kind Tut. They all believed in one god. The Kushites and the Noks also stood out a little bit, but they weren’t as big as Egypt. They were in the south. Zombabwe came over and was all “HAYY GUYSS~! <333”
So what about the rest of Africa?
Well, in the west of Africa, there were some men called the Griots. They had to memorize history, and they still do it. Because of the Griots, they pretty much know all the history of all of Africa.
So let’s start with the first place. Ghana. There is a legit modern day Ghana, but it’s not the same as this Ghana. The rules charged a lotta taxes on people who were just passing through, but not the people who lived there. You had to pay them in salt or gold. There was a lot of Salt to the north of Ghana, and a lot of gold to the south of Ghana. Now you’d think that gold was a lot more valuable than salt. BUTLOLNOPE. Salt was really expensive because they didn’t have fridgerators.
Ok. Hold on. Let me explain.
We’ve been over this. Salt + food = preservation. And it also protected peeps from dehydration, because they were reul close to the equator.
So Ghana hung out for about 300 years.
And then in 1070, the Mooselooms-
Wait. What were the Mooselooms?
Ok. Butso the Mooselooms decided to trololover.
So then a new empire EMERGED FROM TEH ASHES~
It rose up in about the same Ghana. Mali had a lot of gold. Like, a LOT of gold. The founder of Mali was named Sundiata, pronounced “Soon-da-otta”
Ok but so.
Otter’s legs were kinda really screwed up. He was all gud with the upper body, but he couldn’t walk. And then here comes a blacksmith and he was all “ALL BETTER~!” So he got better. By the age of 10, Otter was an amazing hunter. He defeated some people and the Kingdom of Mali was the Empire of Mali.
And then 75 years later, a new power ROSE TO FAME. His name was Mansamusa. Pronounced... “Man’s-a-moose-uh”
Dude. What is with these names. LIKE REALLY.
AND MOOSE LIKE. LIKE I MEAN WHAT.
Mansamusa (i like that more than Moose. It’s fun.) was very impressed with the Mooselooms (I WONDER WHY) so he decided to head over to Meca. So Mansamusa decided to join sum’a his Mooseloom buddies on a pilgrimage to Meca. And to impress others on his journey to Meca, he decided to pass out A LOT OF GOLD. So Europeans decided to pay some attention to Mansamusa. Like, you know how people look at, you know, Brad Pitt and say, “I’m going in to show business.” Or people look at Steve Jobs and say, “LOLNOPE.”
“Hey! You got your judgement in my blog!”
“Hey! You got your blog in my judgement!”
Mansamusa got Mali put on the map. No4srs. Mali was put on the map with a picture of Mansamusa with a gold nugget. 4tehlulz.
Ok so a buncha tourists decided to make a visit to Mali. They found a buncha gold. AND THEY FOUND TIMBUKTU.
Everyone knows Timbuktu. It’s fun to say. Nobody really knows what is is or where it was. BUT NOW YOU DO. IT WAS IN MALI. IN AFRICA.
So Mansamusa came back from Meca with a buncha Muslims. They had Mosques, courts, schools, and strict laws. An odd thing is that Mansamusa never really took on Islam. He kept his African stuff, and the country is still a blend of religion.
SO NOW LET’S HAVE A SUPER COOL TRANSITION.
Songhai. It was STILL IN THE SAME PLACE. They slowwwlyy took over Mali. Askia Muhammad took over just one year after CC over hurr “found” America.
So Songhai, Mali, and ghana are all the same place.
Okso Askia kept the gold trade amovin’. Askia adopted Islam, and he appointed Mooselooms to some government positions. Even though 97 percent of Songhai was not even Muslim. A lot of the major cities had Mosques, even though ONLY THREE PERCENT OF THE POPULATION WAS MUSLIM.
So they standardized weights and measures. Beacuse what would happen is:
“AY MAN I NEED 5 OUNCES OF GOLD.”
And you give me this much:
And then Someone else gives me this much:
So they fixed that.
There was a big university, it had a lot of hand-written books, and the place was pretty presumptuous.
So EVERYTHING WAS GOOD AND NICE AND AWSUM LIKE THAT THE END?