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Timbuktu was the center of the gold and salt trade in its day. Many Muslims flooded the area to study at the mosque. Learn more about Timbuktu in this video clip from Discovery Channel's "Assignment Discovery." (2:10)
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After the weakening of the Mali Empire, the new Songhai Empire arose. It was the third great empire in ancient Africa, and the people of the land followed Islam. The impact of this great empire can still be seen today. Learn more in this video clip from Discovery Channel's "Assignment Discovery." (0:44)
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