Simone Phillips, Period 4
Location: Swahili City-States were located on the east coast of Africa, from present day Kenya to Mozambique.
Luxury Goods: Most known for their gold, as well as slaves, ivory, and ebony.
Means of Travel: most commonly used dhow ship for ocean trade.
Economics: The city states were extremely prosperous. The wealthy classes had large estates, running water, and sewage systems. Each city also minted their own coins.
Role of City: provided small trading base for Arabs, Persians, and Chinese. Connected African raw material with Indian Ocean.
Function: middle man between foreign traders and inland Africans