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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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Cuisines and Crops of Africa, 19th Century – Zambezi River Watershed in Southern Africa

Between 1858 and 1864 Dr. David Livingstone and his brother, together with several other persons, explored  the Zambezi River and its tributaries in south-central Africa. Although this was one of the most difficult of the colonial ventures into the interior … 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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