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 Contacts Between East Africa and the Outside World Upto the 19th Century lessons

The East African Coast and the existing archaeological evidence in east Africa

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CONTACTS BETWEEN EAST AFRICA AND THE OUTSIDE WORLD UP TO THE 19TH C.
-The early contacts were initially at the coast but later spread inland. The early visitors included the Arabs, Greeks, Chinese, Persians, Portuguese,
British, French and the Dutch.
The East African coast.
-The existing documentaries and archaeological evidence about the historical information on the east African coast include;
-The Graeco- Roman Documentary which only makes indirect references to the east African coast.
-The Swahili chronicles written by the people of the coast. E.g the Kilwa chronicle
-The writings of Pliny, a Roman Geographer who wrote about the high cost of trade with India in his book, The Natural History.
- Periplus of the Erythrean Sea; by a Greek merchant in 1st C AD describes the people and places along the coast and the Indian Ocean Trade.
-Geopgraphia by Claudius Ptolemy makes reference to east
African coast and the trade along Somalia and Kenyan coasts.
-Renowned travelers like Al- Mosudi, Al Idrisi and Ibn Battuta wrote firsthand accounts about the places they visited
-The existing archaeological evidence in east Africa include the remains of pottery , iron tools, beads and coins which prove the presence of international trade.


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