Mombasa Island: A Maritime Perspective

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Mombasa’s strategic position on the Swahili Coast and fine harbours were key factors in its emergence as a prosperous city state during the early second millennium AD. These same attributes drew the attention of rival powers in the struggle to control the lucrative Indian Ocean trade network, particularly during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Drawing from a rich legacy of cartographic and documentary sources created in the course of Mombasa’s turbulent history, this paper presents the results of a coastal archaeological survey undertaken in 2001 as part of a wider collaborative maritime project.

KEY WORDS:

Mombasa coastal Swahili Portuguese African archaeology 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Maritime ArchaeologySchool of Environmental Science, University of UlsterColeraineNorthern Ireland

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