“These elite armored horsemen hurl their mighty lances at defensive buildings!”
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The Mandekalu were an organized cavalry division of the West African Mali Empire. Although the Mandekalu were skilled horsemen, due to the expensive cost of horses the majority of their ranks were from elite noble classes. Some were even princes. Officers in the Mali Empire were called kele-kun-tigui or the war tribe master. The kele-kun-tigui also fought on horseback.
Infantrymen in the Mali Empire used bows or spears. However, the Mandekalu warriors used poisoned javelins, swords, lances, sabers and wore imported chainmail armor with some going into battle with shields.
By the time of Mansa Musa’s reign, there were around 10,000 Mandekalu horsemen. They were able to assist Mansa Musa in adding to the Mali Empire’s territories through peaceful and military means. The Mandekalu cavalry enabled Mansa Musa to project his power from Senegal to Nigeria.
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