The History of Timbuktu By dlevine22 400 Ghanna was founded in 400 CE the kingdom of Ghana, the first major trans-Saharan state in West Africa was founded Jan 9, 1000 Timbuktu was founded In the 11th century, Timbuktu was founded by Taureg nomads. Became the meeting place of the people who travel on the Niger river ans the people who travel by the Sahara desert Jan 9, 1200 population increase From 1200-1400, Timbuktu reached a population of about 100,000 people. Jan 9, 1200 Timbuktu is Important in the 13th century In the 13th century, Timbuktu becomes an important trade center. Timbuktu has communications extending from the west coast to the mediterranean sea. Jan 9, 1250 Sandiata becomes the King In 1250, Sandiata became the king of Kangaba and fouded early Mali. He begins conquring land to build an empire. Jan 9, 1312 A new King In 1312, Mansa Moussa becomes the king of Mali and adopts the teachings of Islam. Jan 9, 1324 Mansa's trip to mecca In 1324, Mnsa Moussa takes him trip to Mecca as part of the Islamic law. He brought along 60 thousand men and 15 thousand slaves. Jan 9, 1327 Mosques Mansa Moussa created many mosques in the Mali empire. One of the most famous is the Djinguereber Mosque. Jan 9, 1337 Mansa Moussa Died In 1337, Mansa Moussa died after expanding Mali far across both western and central regions of west Africa Jan 9, 1375 Songhay Power rises In 1375, The Songhay gained more power at the expense of Mali. Jan 9, 1380 Zaire Was Founded The Kongo Kingdom in Zaire was founded. Jan 9, 1400 Tauregs gain control The Tauregs gain control of Timbuktu from the declining Mali empire. Mali vs. Songhay wars began. Jan 9, 1468 Songhay gains control of Timbuktu In 1468, Songhay conqured Tauregs and gained control of Timbuktu. Mar 2, 2022 Islam Diffusion 800 CE marks the meginning of the diffusion of islam into West Africa from Morocco and central Maghreb Mar 2, 2022 Islam was accepted in the 10th century, Ghana stretched from the atlantic Ocean to where Timbuktu is. Islam was also accepted as a state religion in important towns of the empire.