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By Basil Davidson

This article is designed for college students getting ready for O point background, supplying an exam of a few of the main traits and occasions in West African historical past from advert 1000-1800.

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H e was followed by other kings of w h o m we know nothing but their names. Sundiata, sometimes called M a r i - D i a t a , came to the throne i n about 1245. H e ruled for about 25 years, d o i n g great deeds. N e x t came his son U l i , who also took the royal title of mansa (lord i n the M a n d i n k a language), and followed i n the conquering path of his more famous father. H e ruled from about 1260 to about 1277. L i k e other M a l i kings, he made the pilgrimage. T h e n came two of U l i ' s brothers, W a t i and K h a l i f a , but we do n o i know the dates of their reigns.

The fall of Ghana: the Almoravids But a l o n g period of confusion came between the fall of G h a n a and the t r i u m p h of M a l i . After about 1050, G h a n a began to be invaded by Berber warriors from the north-west, from the M a u r e t a n i a n Sahara. T h e s e Berbers were driven by troubles of their o w n , m a i n l y poverty, into striving for a share in the wealth of more prosperous neighbours. S o o n after AD 1000 they began to look for a new means of livelihood. T h e solution they found, as so often i n history, took a religious form.

T h e y did not want to be occupied by the T u a r e g , but they may have tried to use this occupation as a means to reassert their independence againsi their Songhay overlord. Sunni A l i , at any rate, thought they had. H e accused them of having acted disloyally to h i m , and treated them harshly. T h a t is why the author of the Tarikhas-Sudan, himself a man of T i m b u k t u , afterwards described Sunni A l i as a tyrant and oppressor. 1 2 1 Later on, as we shall see. much rhesame thinghappened whenTimbukiu wasoccupied by Muslims from Morocco.

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