1217 - Mari Djata was born.
- Naré Maghann Konaté was a Mandinka king who one day received a divine hunter at his court.
- Soumaoro Kanté, cruel sorcerer king of Sosso, attacks the Mandinka kingdom, causing Dankaran Toumani Keita to take flight in fear.
1235 - Sundiata wages war against the Sosso, finally defeating Soumaoro Kanté at the Battle of Kirina.
- Founder and ruler of Mali empire.
- Sundiata Keita established his capital at his home village of Niani, Mali, near the present-day Malian border with Guinea.
1255 - Sundiata Keita died, probably of drowning. Tradition holds that he died while crossing the Sankarini river, where a shrine remains today.
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