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Title:The Southern Swahili Coast in the First Century of European Expansion
Author:Newitt, M.D.D.ISNI
Periodical:Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa
Geographic terms:East Africa
Subjects:mercantile history
colonial conquest
History and Exploration
Anthropology and Archaeology
Abstract:The present paper aims to summarise the recent work that has been done on the history of the southern Indian Ocean in the sixteenth century and to explain the interaction of European expansion and the forces which were, at the same time, and in the same area, influencing the development of Islamic and other peoples of the Mozambique channel littoral. The arrival of the Portuguese hastened the decline of the great Muslim trading cities of the Swahili coast. However, their arrival also led to the development of different aspects of the coastal economy and encouraged the dispersal of Muslim families among a string of small settlements from Cape Delgado to the Sabi river. The merchants in these smaller ports acted chiefly as middlemen, deriving their living largely from providing the Portuguese with the supplies they needed. ap, notes, ref., sum.