In Quest of Susu

@article{Bhnen1994InQO,
  title={In Quest of Susu},
  author={Stephan B{\"u}hnen},
  journal={History in Africa},
  year={1994},
  volume={21},
  pages={1 - 47}
}
The political history of the medieval Western Sudan was dominated by a succession of empires exerting their domination over the region: Ghana, Mali, and finally Songhay. Oral tradition is our only evidence for the existence of yet another empire. It was called Susu and exerted its supremacy after the decline of Ghana and before the rise of Mali. Most historical treatises locate enigmatic Susu in the Kaniaga region northwest of Segou. These treatises are mainly based on oral traditions and… 

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