The following were the consequences of Long Distance trade on the people of East Africa
- Emergence of a class of wealthy merchants among African, Swahili and Arab traders E.G. Chief Kivoi of Ukambani, Nyungu ya Mawe among the Nyamwezi and Tippu Tip of Zanzibar.
- Development of towns like Lamu, Zanzibar and Mombasa.
- New crops such as rice and mangoes among others were introduced in east Africa.
- Introduction of Islamic religion and culture by Arab traders.
- European colonization of Africa following reports given by the Long distance traders about the importance of the east African coast.
- Development of trade routes and market centers.
- Development of Plantation agriculture in Mombasa and Malindi due to trade in slaves.
- Introduction of foreign goods like beads, cloth and glassware to the people of east Africa.