A Thousand Years of East Africa
Nairobi : British Institute in Eastern Africa, 1990 - Social Science - 111 pages
In reviewing the work of the BIEA this volume summarises the history and development of Eastern Africa. Prominent subjects include: the town of ntusi in the 11-14th cents, and the background to the inter lacustrine kingdoms; irrigation cultivators at Engaruka below the rift escarpment 300 to 500 years ago; the Siriwake livestock specialists in the high grasslands until the Maasai Revolution; salt and iron industries through the ages; the flowering of Swahili towns and their place in the world of islam; Kilwa, the 14th century palace of Husuni Kubwa and the Zimbabwe gold trade.
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The Rift Valley and Highlands before the Maasai 28 56
The Swahili HarbourTowns 57 88
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19th century African history age-set agricultural akajisifu al-Hasan ancient Arab archaeological Azania Bacwezi Bantu Bigo British Institute Bunyoro cattle cattle-keeping central Chwezi clans coastal coins communities cultivation cultural district East Africa Eastern Africa economic enclosure Engaruka escarpment especially excavations furnaces gold grasslands harbour herds highlands historians houses Husuni Kubwa Hyrax Hill illustrated important Indian Ocean interlacustrine kingdoms Iron Age irrigation Islamic island Kabaka Kalenjin Karagwe Kenya Kilindi Kilwa Chronicle Kilwa Kisiwani king Kintu Lake Victoria land later linguistic Maasai Manda Mbega metres Mirambo Mombasa mosque Muslim northern Ntusi numbers pastoral period Persian population Portuguese Red Sea Rift Valley royal rugaruga rulers Rwanda salt scale settlement Shanga Shiraz Sirikwa Holes Sonjo sources southern spears stone Sulaiman sultan Swahili coast Tabora Tanganyika Tanzania Tatoga tion Tippu Tip town trade tradition Uganda Unyamwezi Uvinza Waqwaq western Zanzibar Zimbabwe zone