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The peasants ploughed the land and weavers made textiles, but there was little trade stirring. September to November there was a pleasant temperature; it was the best time for inbound shipping. The monsoon could be a cruel master: throughout the Arabian seas the peasants could expect to face famine at least every twenty years-a scarcity perhaps every four: starvation was a constantly lurking threat. The author distinguishes several such zones, where the bulk of connectivity was within the region, rather than with the regions outside of it. Starting from Southern Africa northwards these would include the Augustin Bay-Sofala channel, the north-western Madagascar-Kilwa-Sanculi, the Comoros maritime zone, and the Pemba Archipelago. So the trade of the foreland of the gateway-ports, of the maritime zones, and coastwise navigation was of fundamental importance to all ports in the Arabian seas.

Keywords: Arabian seas; Comoros maritime zone



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