african american history
African American History
It is a town in West Africa, in the western region of Mali. Timbuktu was founded by the Tuareg Imashagan in the 11th century. Because of its geographical location, which is situated uniquely, it was used as a meeting point for the Wangara, Songhai, Fulani, Tuareg and the Arabs. Timbuktu flourished from trade, which was between West Africa and North Africa. The main trade items were gold, salt, ivory and slaves. Slave trade flourished because of the existence of the Arabs. Timbuktu was brought under the French rule in 1893, up until Mali’s independence in 1960 (Franklin, John H, and Alfred, 68).