Summary of “Mansa Musa: The richest man who ever lived”

“Contemporary accounts of Musa’s wealth are so breathless that it’s almost impossible to get a sense of just how wealthy and powerful he truly was,” Rudolph Butch Ware, associate professor of history at the University of California, told the BBC. Mansa Musa was “Richer than anyone could describe”, Jacob Davidson wrote about the African king for Money.com in 2015.
The 10 richest men of all time Mansa Musa wealth incomprehensible.
Mansa Musa left such a memorable impression on Cairo that al-Umari, who visited the city 12 years after the Malian king, recounted how highly the people of Cairo were speaking of him.
On his way back home, Mansa Musa passed through Egypt again, and according to some, tried to help the country’s economy by removing some of the gold from circulation by borrowing it back at extortionate interest rates from Egyptian lenders.
There is no doubt that Mansa Musa spent, or wasted, a lot of gold during his pilgrimage.
Mansa Musa had put Mali and himself on the map, quite literally.
After Mansa Musa died in 1337, aged 57, the empire was inherited by his sons who could not hold the empire together.
“The history of the medieval period is still largely seen only as a Western history,” says Lisa Corrin Graziose, director of the Block Museum of Art, explaining why the story of Mansa Musa is not widely known.

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