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History has always been the key to our existence We learn from our failures to better our future just as we learn from our triumphs to excel even further A very important time in the history of our world was the East Africa long distance trade In the middle of the seventeenth century East Africa had a far more important place in the world than other African countries So wrote Marsh ZA Kingsnorth GW in their book An introduction to the History of East Africa published by Cambridge university press in 1965 They added that The riches of East Africa were incomparably greater than those of the other African states According to Walter 1966 East African countries were first African countries to be involved in long distance trade Long distance trade resulted in the development of partnerships between the rulers of European countries and those of Africa who saw each other as equals Some of the earliest European visitors to Africa recognised that many African societies were as advanced or even more advanced than their own In the early 16th century the Portuguese trader Duarte Barboosa said of the east African city Kilwa There were many fair houses of stone and mortar well arranged in streets Around it were streams and orchards with many channels of sweet water Of the inhabitants of Kilwa he reported They were finely clad in many rich garments of gold and silk and cotton and the women as well also with much gold and silver in chains and bracelets which they wore on their legs and arms and many jeweled earrings in their ears This trade relation has been a international debate over 100 years With most economist and historians believing that long distance trade was destructive to East African s economic political and cultural systems while other argue that long distance trade was effectual to East African s economic political and cultural
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