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History Unwritten

Jul 24, 2020

In which Mali disappears from the stage, not with a bang, but with a whimper.

Facing a century of unparalleled suffering at the hands of the Songhai Empire, Mali came close to the brink of collapse time and time again. But ultimately, the disintegration of the empire came in the form of anticlimax.

Jul 10, 2020

The late 14th century was the beginning of the end for Mali, as a series of incompetent kings bankrupted the Empire and weakened its hold over its provinces.

But the 15th century was more of a mixed bag - Malinke expansion towards the coast coincided with the arrival of Portuguese traders. The two would inevitably butt...