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Episode 7: Swahili-Arab traders travel far inland

In this Episode we talk through the encounters between the Ivory traders who during the 19th Century traveled West of Lake Tanganyika to todays DRC. They were driven further inland as the Ivory supply diminished in the coastal regions.


Lands described as housing herds of Elephants in the 1840s had no such herds by the 1880s, and herds could only be found far inland.


The traders came to be led by Hamad bin Muhammad bin Juma bin Rajab el Murjebi, better know as Tippu Tip after the sound of the sound of a firing musket rifle.

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