Mali Empire Eq

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Mali Empire
EQ: How did the expansion of trade and the movement of people affect societies?
I. The expansion of trade and the movement of people in the Mali Empire, located in West Africa, affected them via, developing dominance in trans-Sharan trade route, evolving their devotion to Islam, administrating them to embrace an educational system based on Islam, and engaging in the expansion of land.
II. The expansion of trade and the movement of people affected the Mali empire by developing dominance in trans-Sharan trade route using the natural resource in their homeland.
1. Mali acquired control over the salt trade. (Story).
i. By taking control over the salt trade, Malians took advantage to trade their goods with North Africans and even
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Muslim merchant from North Africa used camels to trade with Mansa Musa (Abraham)
i. The introduction of camels in the salt route changed the course of trading for both Malians and the Berbers. Now, they can trade more efficiently, and faster than before. The exposure of camels and the efficient trading was caused by the expansion of trade and the movement of people because the Sharan desert isn’t a natural home for camels.
3. The Malian traded gold in exchange for salt(Africa’s)
i. In exchange for salt mined in the Mediterranean Sea, the empire of Mali traded west African gold. This might seem like a bad deal, but salt is essential for life and its nowhere to find in the empire. Salt is a source of Iodine and was the old fashion refrigerator. And, the Malians ended up being the rich one. The movement of people and the expansion of trade allowed the Malians to dominate the salt route.
III. The expansion of trade and the movement of people affected the Mali empire by evolving their devotion to Islam through architecture and making connections with Arabia.
1. In 1324-25 the emperor Mali, Masa Musa, made the hajj to Mecca. (Africa’s)
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2. Mansa Musa brought architects like al-Sahili from the pilgrimage to Mecca.
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V. The expansion of trade and the movement of people affected Mali Empire by engaging in the expansion of land seeking for more natural resources and trading routes.
1. Mansa Musa spent so much gold in Cairo that the value plummeted and took years to recover from. (Jonson)
i. During his pilgrimage to Mecca, Mansa Musa spent so much gold on a variety of things, but he also gave it away for free showing how powerful and wealthy he is, and most famously when he stopped by in Cairo. He plunged the value of gold in the city. The gold originated from his homeland, but he owned excess amount because he expanded the empires boundaries add to the gold mines he controlled. The expansion of trade made it possible to sell the gold that was mined, and the movement of people allowed the empire to acquire more gold mines.
2. There were around 400 cities, towns, and villages of various ethnicities and populations. (Mali)
i. By conquering others around them, the Malians were able to expand their land and power. The expansion of trade and the movement of people affected them by giving the capability to trade with North Africans. This led to being a bigger, diverse, wealthy and powerful empire in

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