This article only mention gold and salt as the source of Muslim King Mansa Musa’s riches. However before our history books got rewritten to appease to modern day Arabs, the reality is that the main wealth produced in Africa came from the Arab-African slave trade. Arab wealth was accumulated from the combination of robberies, invasion, slavery and international trade.
That slave trade became huge under Islamic law and rule since it gained acceptance under religious endorsement (Islam). After Arabs conquered North Africa and forced the people to convert to Islam through violence and barbarity the people were indoctrinated to believe that slavery was permissible by ‘God’. North Africa was European and Christian before being forced into Islam. Slave labor produced the food surpluses that underlay the power of Mali’s rulers and lineage chiefs. Slaves played an important role in Mali as royal administrators and soldiers during Mali’s history. Mali still has an active local slave industry in 2012.
The massive wealth the Arabs acquired from slavery attracted people from other parts of the world to profit from the trade. In efforts to invade foreign countries and Europe, Arabs planted Ebola and the Plague/The Black Death in regions they wanted to invade. These diseases had appeared in pockets through history but were fairly contained. The dramatic spread that wiped out millions of people occurred during the time that Arabs tried to invade and conquer Europe. Some historical texts say that Tartar (Turkish) armies brought the plague in 1347 to Europe from Kirghiz Steppes. But more recent timelines created from history points more to Arab warfare by infecting jews and dumping them in these areas. This conclusion arise not only because the oldest records of antisemitism in the world is found in plenty in Islam and Mohammed’s life, but because jews were found diseased in Christian countries with no prominent jewish population at the earely onset of the plague from 1348-1349. Check this map of the Ottoman empire at the time and origin of the first known historical report of the plague. It shows that the plague originated from Muslim countries and during a time they were in full swing of invasion, occupation and warfare.
The diseases originated from Persia and Africa, spread through Arab slave trade and to the areas the Arabs were bringing and selling the slaves, and not where the jews came from at the time. Various drawings found from the time of the plague point to jews being infected and blamed on these Arab warfare and anti-semistic methods. The jews then became marginalized, torture, persecuted and put to death in Europe, accused of ‘conspiracy to poison Christendom’. Arabs, however, didn’t calculate that the diseases would spread so fast into their own countries. Ebola and the Plague wiped out est 25-50% of Europe’s population during Arab efforts to invade and take control of Europe. Thanks to the Christian crusaders fighting to protect Europe from Arab invaders, Europe survived the onslaught of Islam.
To hear more about historical Islam, see Bill Warner’s video.
Read about the Black Death and the Jews in Europe 1348-1349
Read about the Plague
Antisemitism in the early modern era 1300-1800 (note how Arab conquest of jewish land and extermination of jews is not even mentioned!)
Antisemitism timeline 1300 BCE
Antisemitism in History
Prosecution of the Jews: Black death pogroms 1348-1350
Plague and the End of Antiquity (PDF)
King Mansa Musa of Mali named richest person of all time
Celebrity Net Worth estimates the 14th-century king amassed $400 billion during his West African reign. Fourteen of the top 25 listed are Americans.
By Erik Ortiz / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, October 18, 2012, 12:19 AM
King Mansa Musa’s astounding wealth came from his country Mali’s production of more than half the world’s gold and salt, Celebrity Net Worth said. A photograph of Mansa Musa on a map of North Africa circa 1375.
King Mansa Musa wasn’t just the 1% of the 14th century — he may be the richest person of all time.
As the obscure ruler of West Africa’s Mali Empire, Musa amassed a jaw-dropping $400 billion during his reign from 1312 to 1337, according to a new inflation-adjusted list by celebritynetworth.com.
That outranks the Rothschild family, whose European banking dynasty landed them second on the list with $350 billion, and John D. Rockefeller, the American industrialist worth $340 billion.
The 25 billionaires and families listed have made some megabucks, with a combined worth of $4.3 trillion.
As for Musa’s moolah, his “shocking wealth came from his country’s vast production of more than half the world’s supply of salt and gold,” according to the Celebrity Net Worth survey, which converted each billionaire’s fortunes into 2012 dollars.
Musa was a devout Muslim who spearheaded an extensive building program of palaces and mosques.
But his money was eventually lost after his death in 1337, when he was believed to be in his late 50s.
“His heirs were not able to fend off civil war and invading conquerors. Just two generations later, his world record net worth was gone,” Celebrity Net Worth said.
Of the list’s top 25, 14 are Americans, including Microsoft founder Bill Gates, whose inflation-adjusted worth is about $136 billion.
Mexican telecom tycoon Carlos Slim, chairman of Grupo Carso SA de CV, is the richest living person in today’s dollars, according to Forbes.
Gates, who turns 57 this month, is currently the world’s second-richest living person in today’s dollars, behind Mexican telecom tycoon Carlos Slim, according to the latest Forbes ranking.
Slim ties for 22nd place on the Celebrity Net Worth list.
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Celebrity Net Worth’s list
1. Mansa Musa I, (Ruler of Malian Empire, 1280-1331) $400 billion
2. Rothschild family (banking dynasty, 1740- ) $350 billion
3. John D. Rockefeller (industrialist, 1839-1937) $340 billion
4. Andrew Carnegie (industrialist, 1835-1919) $310 billion
5. Tsar Nicholas II of Russia (last Emperor of Russia, 1868-1918) $300 billion
6. Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII (last ruler of Hyderabad, 1886-1967) $236 billion
7. William the Conqueror (King of England, 1028-1087) $229.5 billion
8. Moammar Khadafy (former Libyan leader, 1942-2011) $200 billion
9. Henry Ford (Ford Motor Company founder, 1863-1947) $199 billion
10. Cornelius Vanderbilt (industrialist, 1794-1877) $185 billion
11. Alan Rufus (Fighting companion of William the Conqueror, 1040-1093) $178.65
12. Bill Gates (Founder of Microsoft, 1955- ) $136 billion
13. William de Warenne, 1st Earl of Surrey (Norman nobleman, ??-1088) $146.13 billion
14. John Jacob Astor (businessman, 1864-1912) $121 billion
15. Richard Fitzalan, 10th Earl of Arundel (English nobleman, 1306-1376) £118.6 billion
16. John of Gaunt (son of Edward III, 1330-1399) £110 billion
17. Stephen Girard (shipping and banking mogul, 1750-1831) $105 billion
18. Alexander Turney Stewart (entrepreneur, 1803-1876) $90 billion
19. Henry, 1st Duke of Lancaster (English noble, 1310-1361) $85.1 billion
20. Friedrich Weyerhaeuser (timber mogul, 1834-1914) $80 billion
21. Jay Gould (railroad tycoon, 1836-1892) $71 billion
22. Carlos Slim (business magnate, 1940- ) $68 billion (TIE)
22. Stephen Van Rensselaer (land owner, 1764- 1839) $68 billion (TIE)
23. Marshall Field (Marshall Field & Company founder, 1834-1906) $66 billion
24. Sam Walton (Walmart founder, 1918-1992) $65 billion
25. Warren Buffett (investor, 1930- ) $64 billion