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.