The Portuguese scouts signed up to explore the world on the high seas. This stuck in the desert stuff is BULLSHIT.
Neither side seems to have the upper hand in the Battle of Atebubu. The Ashanti, however, manage to take Gao—yes, the otherwise Songhai capital, now a city of Mali’s here. For an AI, it is actually a rather competent set of strategic decisions in dealing with a two-front war and economizing on troops to hold in the East while advancing in the West. Mali might have the last laugh with its navy streaming towards Kumasi, however.