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The Swahili community and maritime London

Sailors of the monsoons

East African trading posts

Photograph of the model of a mtepe.
View full size image Photograph of the model of a Mtepe. © NMM
For over two thousand years there have been references to trading posts along the East Coast of Africa. A Greek document from the middle of the first century AD mentions the monsoon winds of the Indian Ocean and a trading post cal