By Professor Michael N. Pearson
Over many centuries the Swahili coast of East Africa had problematic connections with India, with the Islamic global, and with the peoples of the internal. there has been significant monetary, social, and spiritual interchange. The intrusion of the Portuguese within the 16th century was once basically the most recent of many international impacts. This learn in global heritage examines a selected time and position to teach the variety and complexity of cultural and financial contacts. Historian Michael N. Pearson starts with a dialogue of the makes use of and abuses of background within the quarter. He then units the degree by way of setting up the geographic and ancient relevance of the placement of the Swahili coast within the Indian Ocean. He explores the function of port towns and their orientation, kin among the coast and the internal, where of the coast on the earth economic climate, and the influence of the Portuguese within the early smooth interval. in keeping with the author's personal wide learn and shuttle within the Swahili coast quarter. Port towns and Intruders may be of curiosity not just to people who paintings on East Africa but additionally to historians of the early glossy interval and to comparative historians.