Kilwa Kisiwani Ruins in Tanzania

Situated off the coast of Tanzania, the island of Kilwa Kisiwani ("isle of the fish") was once the center of one of the greatest empires in East Africa.

From the 9th century all the way up until the 19th century, Kilwa Kisiwani was a wealthy and powerful port, reaching its peak around the late-Middle Ages. At its height, the empire stretched from Kenya to Mozambique, and Kilwa Kisiwani’s prosperity was crucial to the development of Swahili civilization.

During this time great...

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