According to records, Mansa gave away more gold than what was once in Fort Knox. Filed Under: Tagged With: Primary Sidebar. Understanding The Wealth Of The Richest Person In History In the spirit of other extremely wealthy people who ultimately become philanthropists, you might wonder how he stacks up against some contemporary billionaires, like Bill Gates, John D. As part of his legacy, the university and mosque constructed during his rule are still in place in Timbuktu. His name also appears as Kankou Musa, Kankan Musa, and Kanku Musa.
From Spain to Germany, it marks a major moment of acknowledgment for Western and sub-Saharan Africa. Keep in mind that during his 40 year reign he received 25 tons of gold. In the expiation, he gave great sums of money in alms and resolved on a life-long fast. Musa got his primarily through trading gold and salt, which were found in abundance in West Africa at the time. He was a grandson to Abu-Bakra-Keita who was a brother to Sundiata Keita. On a pilgrimage of Mansa Musa, he took sixty thousand men. In the cities of Cairo, Medina, and Mecca, the sudden influx of gold devalued the metal for the next decade.
On his death in 1337 Musa was succeeded by his son, Mansa Maghan reigned 1337-1341 , who had ruled during Musa's visit to Mecca and Cairo. At both Gao and , a Songhai city almost rivalling Gao in importance, Mansa Mūsā commissioned , a poet and architect who had travelled with him from Mecca, to build mosques. Add in to the staffing and food cost his year of time in each direction. When people think of the , more often than not they think of industrialists from the modern era, such as the Rothschilds, the Rockefellers, or the Carnegies. Perhaps some would also name current billionaires such as Bill Gates, Carlos Slim, or the many wealthy Arab sheiks.
Mecca Pilgrimage The first Emperor to embark on such a long pilgrimage to Mecca, Mansa Musa became famous after he traveled more than 4,000 miles from West Africa to Mecca in 1324. In 1324, Mansa Musa I took a pilgrimage to Mecca in his seventeenth year as the Emperor that became legendary because of the extreme fortune he demonstrated on his journey. Bringing Culture to the Empire In order to build the incredible Djinguereber Mosque, which is still standing in Mali today, Musa recruited the most renowned architects from Andalusia and Cairo along his pilgrimage. He would spend much time fostering the growth of the religion within his empire. It simply couldn't be done without causing astronomic inflation. Adjusted For Inflation, His Wealth Is Stunning Adjusting for inflation, Celebrity Net Worth took a look at the twenty-five wealthiest individuals of all time.
This devastated the economy of these regions. Timbuktu soon became a center of trade, culture, and Islam; markets brought in merchants from , Egypt, and other African kingdoms, a university was founded in the city as well as in the Malian cities of and , and Islam was spread through the markets and university, making Timbuktu a new area for Islamic scholarship. So I would say that those are just two who eclipse Musa. Musa had rolled up his worth due to Africa being the biggest provider of Salt and Gold which were in great demand in the age. Mansa Mūsā probably died in 1332.
Much of his libraries, trade networks, and knowledge vanished into the sands of time since then, but i bet there are hoards of artifacts if one searched around oasises, towns and ruins where his empire existed in medieval times, but would take much work to discover. Building on this foundation, Musa quickly established Timbuktu as a place that emphasized education and knowledge. The journey to Mecca for hajj As a devout Muslim, Mansa Musa desired to make a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to Mecca, which is called a hajj. Rulers of West African states had made pilgrimages to Mecca before Mansa Mūsā, but the effect of his journey was to advertise both Mali and Mansa Mūsā well beyond the African continent and to stimulate a desire among the Muslim kingdoms of , and among many of European nations as well, to reach the source of this incredible wealth. Musa made his pilgrimage between 1324 and 1325.
His fortune was from the gold trade that took place in Africa in the 14th century. Conquest of kingdom Mansa Mūsā, whose empire was one of the largest in the world at that time, is reported to have observed that it would take a year to travel from one end of his empire to the other. Flee to him, place yourself under his protection, and ask him to intercede for you with God, and God will accept his intercession. Mosques and madrasas were built in Timbuktu which was the most considerable estate and Gao in his reign. The Sankoré University was capable of housing 25,000 students and had one of the largest libraries in the world with roughly 1,000,000 manuscripts.
The Keita dynasty was the first royal family in the Mali Empire. Which is ridiculous since the U. Their contribution made Mali Empire be a cultural center in the Muslim world. Then he conferred on me the regency during his absence, and departed with his men on the ocean trip, never to return nor to give a sign of life. In fact, as they traveled, Musa and his entourage gave gold away to people in the streets. When Musa rose to power the Malian Empire consisted of territory that belonged formerly to the Ghana Empire. More general books on West Africa should also be consulted, including E.