Timbuktu, 1591: At the crossroad of migrations in Africa

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Abstract

In 1591, a Moroccan army sent by Sultan Aḥmad al-Manṣūr conquer the city of Timbuktu. This army was composed of renegades, Andalusian refugees, and of Moroccan soldiers from the Dra'a and Fez. These men and their descendants established a new order in the city, modifying its social structure and its architecture. Timbuktu was then at the crossroads of migrations: a terminus for some, a point of departure for others, fleeing the Moroccan invasion. The capture of Timbuktu was the result and the starting point of profound changes in Africa in the modern era.
Translated title of the contributionTimbuktu, 1591: At the crossroad of migrations in Africa
Original languageFrench
JournalDiasporas
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Sep 2022

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