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

Factors that facilitated the coming of Arabs to the east African coast.

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Factors that facilitated the coming of Arabs to the east African coast.
~ The Indian ocean provided the highway through which the traders traveled
~ The traders had the skills of harnessing the monsoon winds (trade winds) they knew what times of the year to come to the coast and what times to go back.
~ The traders had marine technology e.g. they had shipbuilding technology and knew how to use the compass for navigation of the ocean
~ They ensured the control of the red sea was in their hands to bar the enemy from attacking them
~ The ports of southern Arabia were good calling places on their journey between the east and the west.
~ The deep harbours at the coast were ideal for their ships to anchor, refuel and get supplies.


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