2The Empire of Mali Africa was home to several great empires. One of the most prosperous (wealthy) countries was Mali.Mali was a wealthy trading empire before Columbus sailed to America in 1492.
3rich and powerful kings! StorytellersStorytellers (Griots) were important to Mali because they told the history of the country and the people to each generation.Storytellers passed on traditions and stories from one generation to anotherMali was once ruled byrich and powerful kings!
4I will let you trade in our country. Leaders of MaliThe kings of Mali were rich and powerful men who controlled trade in West Africa.Mali became one of the largest and wealthiest empires and was an important trade center.I will let you trade in our country.
5TradeMali was between the trade routes of the Sahara Desert where there was salt, and West Africa which had gold mines.Salt was a natural resource found in the desert. People used salt for preserving food and for their health.Miners found gold in West Africa.Salt was traded for gold.
6Timbuktu Timbuktu was an important city in Mali. It had a famous university with a large library of Greek and Roman books.
7Physical Characteristics Mali is located in West Africa.It is near rivers.The climate is desert-like.There are gold mines.
8Human Characteristics The people were:farmers miners traders