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Black History month fact #3:

Between 400 and 1500 CE, West Africa was thriving as a global center of commerce and trade from which rich empires emerged in Mali, Songhai, and Ghana. Mansa Musa, emperor of Mali in the early 1300s, was the richest person in the world at the time. When he passed through Cairo, he gave so much gold to the residents that the price of gold fell and the whole economy of the city was affected. The prominent city of Timbuktu flourished under the reign of Musa, and became the cultural and religious center of the world.

(Source: revolutionary-afrolatino)

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