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Sundiata Makes Mali An Empire. By: Nolan, Ben, and James. Sundiata Makes Mali an Empire. *Mali was located on the Niger river, which gave it fertile land for farming The people of Mali controlled the Niger river trade routes, making it rich and powerful

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Sundiata Makes Mali An Empire

By: Nolan, Ben, and James

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Sundiata Makes Mali an Empire

*Mali was located on the Niger river, which gave it fertile land for farming

The people of Mali controlled the Niger river trade routes, making it rich and powerful

*Mali grew under the guidance of Sundiata

*Sundiata was the previous son of Mali

The previous king of Mali as cruel to the people, and when he grew up, Sundiata had a large army

overthrow him

*When Sundiata became king, he conquered many lands, including Ghana

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Improvments In Mali

*After conquering Ghana, Sundiata took control of Salt and Gold trades

Sundiata improved agriculture by making land for farms

*He introduced the crop of cotton to Mali, which people used to

make clothing and trade to other people

*Sundiata had defeated soldiers of battles work in fields so

there would be food for his people

Using slaves as farmers was a common practice in Africa during that time

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Consolidation Of Power

*Mali grew into a prosperous kingdom under Sundiata’s guidance

Sundiata took power away from local leaders to protect his

Authority

The local leaders got the title of Mansa, Sundiata took the same name

*Mansas had political and religious roles in the society

*Sundiata died in 1255

His son took his place as Mansa of Mali