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Empire of Mali

Capital Kangaba; Niani; others
Language(s) Mandinka
Religion Ancestral Worship
Government Monarchy
Mansa (King of Kings)
 - 1230–1255 Sundiata Keita
 - 17th c. Mahmud IV
 - Established 1230s
 - Disestablished 1600s
Currency Gold dust
Today part of  Mauritania
 The Gambia
 Burkina Faso
 Sierra Leone
 Côte d'Ivoire

The Empire of Mali dates back from c. 1230 to the 1600s in the area of West Africa that, at its height, covered portions of the present-day countries of Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Côte d'Ivoire. Though the kingdom of Mali existed for hundreds of years earlier as a state of the Empire of Ghana, it only became an empire itself under the leadership of King Sundiata.[1] The history of this time has been preserved in the story of Sundiata's Epic.


  1. Jackson, John G. (2001). Introduction to African Civilizations. New York, NY: Kensington Publishing Corp. p. 207. ISBN 0-8065-2189-9. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)