THE CONSEQUENCES OF LONG-DISTANCE TRADE ON THE PEOPLE OF EAST AFRICA

The consequences of Long Distance trade on the people of East Africa

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.

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