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East African Trade

620

Timeline Type: 
GAH
Timeline Era: 
1492-1600
Timeline Entry Description: 
Beginning of trans-Indian trade as reflected by Chinese coins from the period found on the East Coast of Africa.

740

Timeline Type: 
GAH
Timeline Era: 
1492-1600
Timeline Entry Description: 
Muslims from Arabia and Persia are trading on the East African coast.

908

Timeline Type: 
GAH
Timeline Era: 
1492-1600
Timeline Entry Description: 
Permanent Arab trading settlements established in Somalia.

1400 (ca.)

Timeline Type: 
GAH
Timeline Era: 
1492-1600
Timeline Entry Description: 
Gold trade flourishes in the Zambezi River Valley and its Indian Ocean port, Sofala.

1415

Timeline Type: 
GAH
Timeline Era: 
1492-1600
Timeline Entry Description: 
An ambassador from Malindi, a leading East African city-state, is sent to the royal court of the Chinese Emperor.

1431

Timeline Type: 
GAH
Timeline Era: 
1492-1600
Timeline Entry Description: 
Ming admiral Zheng He reaches Malindi on the East African coast, initiates a period of regular commerce between the Swahili city-states on the east African coast and China.

1491

Timeline Type: 
GAH
Timeline Era: 
1492-1600
Timeline Entry Description: 
Portuguese envoy Pero da Coviha reaches Sofala on the Indian Ocean. By 1500 the Portuguese will establish trading posts along the East African coast.
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