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Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Larsson's Player Forum
Re: Ancient coin suggests that China was trading with E. Africa before Europeans arr
I wouldn't be surprised either way--that the Chinese explored that far, or that some relics of Chinese culture were traded and passed on by intermediates.
We tend to forget just how much trade passed through Africa back in the days when trade among Asia, Africa and Europe centered on the Mediterranean Sea. Africa was home to some major cities and trade centers (Timbuktu being the most famous, but there were many others) that were quite advanced.
The switch to Atlantic trade had a devastating effect on not only these cities, but also the Italian city states and much of the Islamic world (Samarkand for example suffering much the same fate as Timbuktu).
(Okay, we don't so much tend to forget as have that written out of Eurocentric history books).
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