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Mansa Musa, one of the wealthiest people who ever lived - Jessica Smith


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Mansa Musa, the 14th century African king of the Mali Empire, is said to have amassed a fortune that possibly made him one of the wealthiest people who ever lived. Jessica Smith tells the story of how Mansa Musa literally put his empire – and himself – on the map.

Mansa Musa was the king of which ancient African Empire?

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  • Educator Jessica "Culture Queen" Smith
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  • Narrator Pen-Pen Chen

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