Mansa Musa, ruler of the Malian Empire in the fourteenth century, was fabulously wealthy. How was this demonstrated, in the most spectacular fashion, on his visit to Mecca in 1324?

Answer: Traveling with an entourage that totaled over sixty thousand people, Mansa gave away so many gifts of gold en route through Egypt and Arabia that it lowered the the price of the precious metal, and depressed the wider economy in these states for a decade afterwards.

Source: The Earth and Its People by Richard W. Bulliet et. al

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