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Asian merchants have been frequenting East Africa since the 10th century, motivated by exploiting gold mines and trading with the African coastal population, reaching its peak around the 14th century. In the 15th century, when Vasco da Gama first arrived in Mozambique, he discovered an extensive commercial business network connected with India, which left the Portugu…

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Helena Sant'ana, “Portugal”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 18 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-5019_beh_COM_9000000201>
First published online: 2012

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