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WORLD CIVILIZATION SINCE THE 16 TH CENTURY 2 Question 1 The painting shows a map that was produced in 1375. The map depicts the first visit of Battuta to Africa specifically Cairo. Battuta has previously heard about Mansa Musa’s visit to Cairo in 1326. Mansa Musa was the King of Mali from 1307-1327 (Gibb and Beckinghan, 2017). Two years before the visit of Battuta, Mansa Musa had gone through the city setting a pilgrimage to Mecca. He was accompanied by the country’s officials, thousands of soldiers, wives and slaves. Mansa Musa performed numerous charity works during this pilgrimage to Mecca. He spent gold in the markets of Cairo and fact established a gold market. The map depicts Mali a state full of wealth. Notably, Gibb and Beckinghan (2017) state that gold was an essential resource in Mali and was required by many countries globally. Battuta, therefore, was in the conquest of getting the gold from the map also indicates trading markets where gold was traded in exchange for other resources. The painting depicts Mali as a wealthy country with gold, water resources, markets and a stable economy. Battuta was therefore restless of visiting this region. Through this painting, there are numerous geographical features that are evident. For example, the presence of vast water bodies, sea harbors, trees and expansive land. The people of Mali greatly depended on trade as well as farming. Therefore, the geographical position of Mali made it easier to trade with other nations and the vast land volume was fundamentally imperative for purposes of agriculture. Also, the land is the water bodies are essential in the painting as they symbolize the only means of transport that Battuta could have used in his Mali’s visit. Traditionally, there was the little technological advancement. This implied that the only mode of transportation that Battuta could have used are using donkeys, camels or the boats. This is why the presence of these two geographical features is essential in Battuta’s journey to Mali.
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