Indian Ocean Trade Networks

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Europeans in Indian Ocen
Didn't arrive until at least 1450; Portuguese came first
Trade network
City0states and larger political units encircling Indian Ocean taxed maritime trade
Dhow
Main vessel used; made of teak planks tied with twine and caulked
Mogadishu
Exported cotton textiles to Europe
Kilwa
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.
Monsoon winds
Summer: winds blew north; winter: winds blew south
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