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  1. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    Poor Filipov :,(
    09 Dec '10 04:25
    In the late middle ages, West Africa was pretty powerful. The Mali Empire was no joke.

    What happened?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mali_Empire
  2. Standard member Bosse de Nage
    Zellulärer Automat
    09 Dec '10 05:21 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by AThousandYoung
    In the late middle ages, West Africa was pretty powerful. The Mali Empire was no joke.

    What happened?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mali_Empire
    If I recall correctly, Portuguese sea power ascended, the trade routes shifted, and Timbuktu got shafted. So that empire suffered from the effects of a technological bypass.

    Istanbul used to be the centre of the world, you know ...
  3. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    Poor Filipov :,(
    09 Dec '10 06:02
    Originally posted by Bosse de Nage
    If I recall correctly, Portuguese sea power ascended, the trade routes shifted, and Timbuktu got shafted. So that empire suffered from the effects of a technological bypass.

    Istanbul used to be the centre of the world, you know ...
    So it's Palynka's fault! I never did trust those sardine munchers. Portugal looks too much like California for me to turn my back on it...
  4. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    Poor Filipov :,(
    09 Dec '10 18:00
    Originally posted by Bosse de Nage
    If I recall correctly, Portuguese sea power ascended, the trade routes shifted, and Timbuktu got shafted. So that empire suffered from the effects of a technological bypass.

    Istanbul used to be the centre of the world, you know ...
    How come they didn't open a port on the Atlantic and participate?
  5. 09 Dec '10 18:03
    Originally posted by AThousandYoung
    How come they didn't open a port on the Atlantic and participate?
    Portugal was focused on the eastward route to the "Indies" - Spain focused on the westward route and found their own "Indies"