Didn't arrive until at least 1450; Portuguese came first
City0states and larger political units encircling Indian Ocean taxed maritime trade
Main vessel used; made of teak planks tied with twine and caulked
Exported cotton textiles to Europe
Small island off coast of modern-day Tanzania; had a mosque and palace built of stone. Inhabitants lived in stone homes with indoor toilets a, used Chinese porcelain, and wore imported silk, gold, and silver.
Summer: winds blew north; winter: winds blew south
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