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Swahili ‘City States’ in 19th Century East Africa: Indigenous and Imported Crops

For several hundred years before European colonization, the crops and cuisines of East Africa were influenced by Arab and Swahili traders, who brought seeds of their favored foods to the coast as well as inland to plant in their little … Continue reading

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Sir Burton Expounds on Coffee, Preserving Meat, and Local Bread in East Africa, 1860

During his  exploratory trip to Lake Tanganyika with John Henning Speke,Sir Richard Burton gathered information on local crops and diets – most of which was given by Arab and Swahili informants – not local inhabitants. While the data are interesting, … Continue reading

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Swahili city states: Pre-European ‘colonizers’ of East and Central Africa

Although Africa has and continues to be thought of as the Dark Continent that remained untouched until the advent of European explorers and colonizers, Arab–Swahili traders from the East Coast of Africa developed extensive commerce with the interior for several hundreds of … Continue reading

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