When Did the Swahili Become Maritime?

  title={When Did the Swahili Become Maritime?},
  author={Jeffrey Fleisher and Paul J. Lane and A. Laviolette and Mark C. Horton and Edward Pollard and Er{\'e}ndira M. Quintana Morales and Thomas Vernet and Annalisa Christie and Stephanie Wynne-Jones},
  journal={American Anthropologist},
  pages={100 - 115}
In this article, we examine an assumption about the historic Swahili of the eastern African coast: that they were a maritime society from their beginnings in the first millennium C.E. Based on historical and archaeological data, we suggest that, despite their proximity to and use of the sea, the level of maritimity of Swahili society increased greatly over time and was only fully realized in the early second millennium C.E. Drawing on recent theorizing from other areas of the world about… Expand
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