The Marka are a Mande people, an offshoot of the Soninke branch, living in the northwest of Mali. Traditionally merchants, they controlled the desert-side trade between the Berbers who crossed the Sahara and the Sahel. Their trading posts and plantations were integrated into, and flourished under, the reigning Bambara.
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Meka, Maraka, Maraxa, Marka Dafing, Marka Soninké