Ibn Battuta's Life In The Swahili Coast

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Society in America recognizes Africa for its exotic people, creatures and land. The first thought of Africa is dry hot savannahs and indigenous African people living in villages. It’s vast lands have more to offer than what is seen in today’s media. On a closer view, East Africa holds many achievements to become a successful society. Ibn Battuta’s journey during 1333 CE presents hardworking and generous people revealing some customs and the tropical atmosphere of the Swahili Coast.
The environment described by Battuta reveals the valuable goods that were surrounded by the Swahili city states. Even though the East Coast of Africa did not have easy access to meat such as beef and chicken, they had many tropical fruit such as bananas, lemons and citron. Since there was not really a lot of mainland because the Swahili people were next to the Indian Ocean, their diet also consisted
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The buildings described in the city of Kulwa Kilwa and island of Mambasa were wooden admirable constructions. Due to the wet or rainy environment in Kulwa Kilwa, the roofs were assembled with dis reeds which demonstrates the use of their sources around them. They also created wells near their mosques and carried out the water with containers. As for higher class people, they had buildings constructed out of stone known as corase coral. This is how these areas gain the name “stone towns.” These people took the advantage of their knowledge of constructing to create admiring outcomes. It’s clear to see that these people had great surviving skills. Just like in today’s society, this demonstrated the belongings of the different classes. There were very few elites in these urban areas, so the population was made up of mostly less fortunate people who were the common workers in society such as craftsmen or

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