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After the town tour some of us decided to eat out. That was at 1pm. Well
at 3 the food arrived - we were about to forget it; who would tolerate such slow
However, the police arrived too. Said we had to go back
to where we were staying. All seemed serious the way they acted so it was onto
their pickups and away - hunger still intact.
And then our worst fears were realised. Gunmen had entered the ...
River varied in width - half a km to maybe 2 km and at one stage a lake 30km across. ( Lake Debo ) But these stats can vary greatly depending on the season. The ground is very flat and when the river floods it goes inland for miles. When this happens the small villages get swamped and the people all move back to higher land - and this happens each year. Fishermen that are nomads!!!! Can you ...
... It was very wise of them to use knowledge and discoveries to enrich their lives. This was an unusual approach, in my opinion, because to many other cities the most important goal was to conquer other cities and become the most powerful kingdom. After spending a few more nights in Timbuktu, I continued on my journey. It would be a while before I reached my next destination, which will not be in the continent of Africa.
June 24, 1324
Since we had gone too many days on land I insisted that we go by sea once more. Up the Nile and around the horn of Africa by caravel, after 27 days of sailing we had finally made it to Timbuktu by June 24th 1324. Here we witnessed a blending of Arab and African cultures, creating a society of merchants and scholars. I was very interested in the large amounts of books open ...
... I started talking to the librarian and he told me that many scholars possessed a great amount, far greater than the ones here in the library. After an hour of exploring around, I went back outside and wandered around. I happened to walk pass a caravan getting ready to make its journey across the Sahara. In it, I saw many goods like salt, gold, ivory, and slaves.