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Asia and Africa were both subjected to western intervention and commercial interactions, becoming part of a global economy. Asia fell victim to western commercial interests, beginning with the Portuguese who controlled Indian Ocean trade, turning it into a Portuguese lake. Colonisation, the slave trade, indentured labour, all affected Asia. Slavery was not limited to Africans in India, as it had existed in Ancient India. The Africans in India are mainly the result of Portuguese and Arab slaving activities. The African slave was a highly tradeable commodity. Uncovering the history of Africans in Asia offers a challenge to scholars as it requires a multidisciplinary approach combining history with other disciplines such as anthropology, ethnomusicology, folklore and linguistics. Study of African diaspora is a dynamic field of research in the area of African history. Some studies have restored the gallantry and glory that once belonged to some African migrants in Asia.

Keywords:Africa; Asia; India; Portuguese; slave trade

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