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Why rulers of Malindi welcomed the Portuguese?

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Vasco de Gama. During his voyage to India, Vasco de Gama landed at Malindi, on the coast of what became Kenya. Here, early in 1498, he managed to obtain a pilot to guide his fleet across the sea to his goal – the trading port of Calicut. Original artwork for illustration on p12 of Look and Learn issue no 844 (18 March 1978).

Naturally, people of Malindi are kind and welcoming, and it has been inscribed in their culture to be welcome. However, some sections of historians claim that the reason why rulers of Malindi welcomed the Portuguese is basically due to their rivalry with the people of Mombasa.

Since Portuguese was a new formidable European power, creating an alliance and friendship with them would come handy during times of war.

Komzinski is a Research and Monitoring Assistant at the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT). He enjoys the outdoors and travelling. When not travelling, Athuman enjoys volunteering at the local beach management unit, playing soccer, and coding together with friends planning on their next tech startup project.

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