Musa's wealth was a result of his country's vast natural resources. Skepticism is needed for assessing numbers reported in ancient times, but article says the reports are he had 500 personal bodyguard plus more soldiers to guard the entire caravan. Very little is known about the life of Mansa Musa before 1312. He ruled for 25 years and his calculated date of death is 1332 but others have it as 1337. Musa I was also ambitious.
Adjusted for inflation, it is believed that Mansa Musa had approximately four-hundred billion dollars when he died. I cannot agree with point 2, there was not nothing to buy, otherwise I can say I am richer than Musa because I can buy an iPhone and he cannot. Some of the buildings he made during his reign was the ancient center of learning Sankore Madrasah or University of Sankore, and Hall of Audience in Niani. Accidental Inflation Because of his great generosity, Musa accidentally brought the economies of the cities he came across to ruins. Legal Disclaimer Though we make every effort to preserve user privacy, we may need to disclose personal information when required by law wherein we have a good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with a current judicial proceeding, a court order or legal process served on any of our sites. Mansa Musa, One of the Wealthiest People Who Ever Lived. If you are enjoying my digression into ancient finances, you will enjoy the full article.
He brought with him North African architects and scholars to carry out this task, but Islam remained, as before, the religion of the towns. Pixel tags We use pixel tags, which are small graphic files that allow us and our trusted third party partners to track your Website usage and collect usage data, including the number of pages you visit, the time you spend on each page, what you click on next, and other information about your Website visit. His kingdom initially comprised of the countries we now know as Mali, Ghana, and Mauritania. For this he felt deep regret and remorse and feared retribution. He built mosques and madrasas in Timbuktu and Gao. He was basically a tourist who got swindled into buying fridge magnets and mugs.
Filed Under: Tagged With: Primary Sidebar. Estimated travel time was about a year each way. But just how much money did he have? In the modern day era, his kingdom stretched from Mauritania all the way to Chad, a vast land that covers nine countries in the modern. There really isn't a definite answer to that question. Conrad, David 1 January 2009. Finally, let's consider King Salman, the current King of Saudi Arabia.
I sailed backwards to escape this current. There is no question that Mansa Musa lived a remarkable life. As a matter of fact, Mansa Musa took the top of the list, beating out such potential favorites as Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. This is the only time recorded in history that one man directly controlled the price of gold in the. And unlike Mansa Musa, he'd actually be able to spend it! If they have one, they aren't saying.
But the biggest reason that Musa wasn't the richest person of all time is simple: other people were far richer. In Niani, Musa built the Hall of Audience, a building communicating by an interior door to the royal palace. It is said that when he reached the famed city of Alexandria, he spent so much money — giving gold dust to the poor, buying food for his retinue, and purchasing souvenirs to bring home — that he caused runaway inflation that took the city years to recover from. Other alternatives are Mali-koy Kankan Musa, Gonga Musa, and the Lion of Mali. The Wikipedia article does give one intriguing example of his wealth. For one, we don't really know how much wealth certain historical people had. If you believe the internet, the answer might be someone you have never heard of: Mansa Musa.
So I would say that those are just two who eclipse Musa. After a visit to Egypt, Musa returned with several learned men from the region. Yet, they both pale in comparison to King Solomon of the Bible. Other records declare Musa planned to abdicate the throne to his son Maghan, but he died soon after he returned from Mecca in 1325. Here's everything we know about this legendary king:.
Urban Revolution Under Mansa Musa, the Mali Empire had over 400 cities. But for Mansa Musa, living in West Africa in 1300, there was little to buy. After his death, he was succeeded by his son and deputy, Mansa Magha Keita. Map of Mali courtesy of DollarPhotoClub. Musa, then, inherited the throne since he had been deputized.