The African Kingdom of Mali

By Nathan Morrow


The African Kingdom was located on the Atlantic coast and extended inland to the city of Timbuktu. The kingdom was founded by Sundiata Keita in the 13th century.


With the help of Sundiata, Mali created a strong, solid government of kings and local leaders. The leaders kept order and collected taxes for the king. Later, king Mansa Husa doubled the size of Mali and divided the land among governors.


Mali became very powerful with a few discoveries. They were gold and salt. Most people were farmers though. They grew grains such as sorghum, millet, and rice.


The collapse of Mali came in the form of civil war in 1359, ending the rule of Mali over the land.