A Town Called Dakajalan: The Sunjata Tradition and the Question of Ancient Mali's Capital

  title={A Town Called Dakajalan: The Sunjata Tradition and the Question of Ancient Mali's Capital},
  author={Davind C. Conrad},
  journal={The Journal of African History},
  pages={355 - 377}
When combined, evidence from oral tradition, Arabic texts and archaeological sites indicates that ancient Mali's seat of government changed more than once during its imperial period from the twelfth to the sixteenth century. According to oral tradition, the town in which Sunjata spent his early years, and to which he returned from exile, was Dakajalan. This mansadugu or ‘king's town’ served as Sunjata's base of operations for his campaign against Sumanguru and may have continued for a time as… 
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