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Interesting Facts about Mali

Mali Interesting Facts

Mali, officially the Republic of Mali, is a country in Africa. Here are some interesting facts about Mali:

  • Mali was home to the richest man who has ever lived. Mansa Musa is the richest person of all time. He had a fortune of around $400 billion in today’s money. Mansa Musa was the first king of Timbuktu and ruled the Mali Empire between 1280 and 1337.
  • Mali has been inhabited since about 10,000 BC.
  • Mali was part of three West African empires that controlled the trans-Saharan trade.
  • Mali was the center of trade in Africa during the reign of the Mali Empire.
  • The population of Mali is one of the youngest in the world, with 67% of the population under the age of 25.
  • Mali has a famous pyramid known as the Tomb of Askia.
  • The Great Mosque of Djenne is the largest man-made clay structure in the world.
  • Mali is home to the world’s largest mud-brick building.
  • Mali is home to the Festival au Désert, also known as "African Woodstock".
  • The prime meridian marker is located in Mali.
  • There are numerous extensive salt mines in Mali, the oldest of which is Taudenny.
  • Mali has 12 national languages, but the official language is French.
  • Mount Hombori and the Senegal River represent the highest and lowest points in Mali, respectively.
  • Nowodays, Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world.
  • Mormyrops Oudoti is a freshwater fish found only in Mali.
  • Mali is one of the largest countries in Africa.
  • One of the hottest countries is Mali.
  • The Mali Empire was founded by King Sundiata in 1226 and lasted until 1670.
  • Sweet tea is the national drink in Mali (tea with sugar).
  • Mali borders with Algeria to the north-northeast, Niger to the east, Burkina Faso to the south-east, Ivory Coast to the south, Guinea to the south-west, and Senegal to the west and Mauritania to the north-west.

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