Mombasa Island: A Maritime Perspective

Rosemary McConkey, Thomas McErlean

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    Abstract

    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.
    LanguageEnglish
    Pages99-121
    JournalInternational Journal of Historical Archaeology
    Volume11
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007

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    Keywords

    • Mombasa
    • coastal
    • Swahili
    • Portuguese
    • African archaeology

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    McConkey, Rosemary ; McErlean, Thomas. / Mombasa Island: A Maritime Perspective. In: International Journal of Historical Archaeology. 2007 ; Vol. 11, No. 2. pp. 99-121.
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    In: International Journal of Historical Archaeology, Vol. 11, No. 2, 06.2007, p. 99-121.

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