Primarily located in: Mali, Guinea
Also found in: Ivory Coast, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Senegal
Mali’s modern boundaries were drawn in 1890, when French Sudan was created, and united two very different regions: the Sudanian savannas in the south and the Sahara Desert to the north. These manmade borders make modern Mali a multi-ethnic country of diverse peoples as well, but geography has always played a key role in Mali’s history and people. The savannas at the edge of the desert made the area a natural locus for trans-Saharan trade, which connected western Africa with Europe and Asia in precolonial times. For centuries, Mali was a fabled land of gold, scholarship and empires.
How Black Sovereign compares to the typical person native to the Mali region
Genetic Diversity in the Mali Region
People living in the Mali region are quite admixed, which means that when creating genetic ethnicity estimates for people native to this area, we frequently see similarities to DNA profiles from other nearby regions. In fact, we’ve found that only approximately 39% of the typical Mali native’s DNA comes from the Mali region.