Categories: Ethnicities

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.

Meka, Maraka, Maraxa, Marka Dafing, Marka Soninké
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