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East africa’s great trading centers. Members : Johan Sierra Elán G abriel reyes. Ancient Ethiopia. Thousands of years ago , rich civilisations began to develope in southern arabia and north eastern africa along red sea . Some of them are:.

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east africa s great trading centers

East africa’sgreat trading centers


Johan Sierra

ElánGabriel reyes

ancient ethiopia
  • Thousands of yearsago ,richcivilisationsbegan to develope in southern arabia and northeasternafricaalong red sea .
  • Some of them are:
aksum a center of trade and christianity
Aksum ,a center of trade and christianity
  • Aksum conquered much if modern Ethiopia and south western Arabia. It grew steadily in strength and wealth.
  • The merchants of Aksum traded goods at ports as a far way as India. One of the main trade goods they controlled was ivory. They also exchanged ideas and beliefs with them.
aksum religion
Aksum Religion
  • During the A.D. 300s, king Ezana of Aksum learned about a new religion ,christianity.
  • Soon , the king became a christian himself and made christianity the official religion of his kingdom.
  • Over time , most people under aksum’s rule converted to christianity.
lalibela and the spread of christianity
Lalibela and the spread of christianity
  • Afteraksumhavelostpower the Christian Kings of the regionbuilts churches and Monasteries. But this kings did not build a new capital. Instead ,they moved from place to place around the kingdom. They lived in royal tents and were accompanied by thousands of citizens and servants.
  • Many neighboring lands converted to Islam, but present day Ethiopia remained Christian.
  • In time their churches developed unique customs and traditions.
  • Another unique feature of the region’s christianity is a group of churches built about A.D. 1200 under king lalibela.
  • The king had his people build new churches but not from the group up. Instead the people were to carve the churches down into the solid red rock.
rich centers of trade
Rich centers of trade
  • After Muslims gained control of Indian ocean trade ,trade centers developed along the east coast of Africa .
  • Trade thrived in east africa across their region supplied goods such as gold and ivory that where very scarce outside Africa.
  • City state : A city with its own government that controls much of the surrounding land
the city state of kilwa
The citystate of kilwa
  • The merchants of kilwatradedgoogsfroninlandregions of africa for the foreign goods that traitors brought to the port by sea.
  • Contact between africans and arabs in kilwa and other costal city states let to a new culture and language called swahili.
  • Swahili: bantu language with arabic words.
  • Today swahili is an official language in kenya and tanzania ,and most east africans use swahili for business. islam is still an important religion in the region