National Geographic : 1913 Jun
A MARKET IN TIMBUCTU This city was at one time the capital of a vast African empire and had a population of several hundred thousand. Its glory has departed and it has shrunk in size until it now contains only some 5,ooo souls. It is still an important distributing center and does alarge export trade in salt, feathers, and gum. It is a French military post, has a permanent telegraph station, and is renowned through allnorthern Africa for its university and other Mohammedan schools.