Swahili Nations

*This slide should be combined with the Kush/Axum kingdoms slide but I struggle with using this website, sorry* The Swahili language is native to the tribes of Eastern Africa in places like Tanzania and Kenya. The reason that it spread to today's number of nearly 15 million people is that that region was a key trade route for connection between Africa and Arabia. So the the whole East coast being a trade region, it makes sense that the language spread through there as well.