Mali is the largest country in Western Africa, with a size that is about twice as large as the state of Texas. However, as large as the country is, most of the country’s population could be found around the Niger River, which the capital of Mali, Bamako, also lies on. Despite the large nation and access to waterways, the country is still one of the poorest in the world, with over 70% of the population living under the poverty line. While this is the case in the present day, Mali is often seen as the settling site of many Islamic traders in the middle ages, easily being the most successful traders at the time of their rule in the region.
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