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This talk about nonexistent European hygiene reminds me of my geography class rn. We're doing an African unit right now and my bigot of a teacher keeps on talking like Europe was this great educated masterpiece of people and how Africa was essentially a cesspool of cavemen just hanging around hitting things with rocks until the marvelous Europeans came and introduced wonderful new tech like mass, capitalist slavery and colonialism! God bless the Europeans!
“Mansa Musa is mostly remembered for his extravagant hajj, or pilgrimage, to Mecca with, according to the Arab historian al-Umari, 100 camel-loads of gold, each weighing 300 lbs.; 500 slaves, each carrying a 4 lb. gold staff; thousands of his subjects; as well as his senior wife, with her 500 attendants. With his lavish spending and generosity in Cairo and Mecca, he ran out of money and had to borrow at usurious rates of interest for the return trip. Al-Umari also states that Mansa Musa and his retinue ‘gave out so much gold that they depressed its value in Egypt and caused its value to fall.’”
brb, so rich imma deflate a damn nation
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