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March 16 2013

Ancient coin proves that China was trading with East Africa long before Europeans arrived


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Emperor Yongle of China who reigned from 1403-1425 during the Ming Dynasty is listed on the coin. Scientists say the coin is made of copper and silver and has a square hole in the center so it could be worn on a belt.

The island of Manda, off the northern coast of Kenya was home to an advanced civilization from about 200 A.D. to 1430 A.D., when it was abandoned and never inhabited again. Trade was an important part of everyday life on Manda and this coin may show trade's importance on the island dates far earlier than was previously believed.

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