Life Life in East Africa 70 different languages Cultural diversity Result of location Migration from other parts of the continent to East Africa Bantu Migrations Indian Ocean connects East Africa; Arab traders Mixture of people produced Swahili culture
Swahili Culture Swahili Culture Mixture of African and Arab ancestry Live along Eastern coast Language as well as culture Bantu language Contains Arabic words For 49 million, it is their first language Official language of Kenya and Tanzania
Religion Mixture of Religions Diverse Islam and Christianity Traditional African religions
Land Land Land is part of culture (farmers) Before conquest, East Africans did not own land Families just planted on the same plot of land they had for centuries Division of gender roles
Plantations Plantations European settlers brought idea of privately owned land Set up plantations (large, cash crop farms) When East African countries gained independence, they split up the plantations and sold them off to citizens Inherited the idea of owning
Home Home Strong bond to the land they grew up on But, becoming more urban Stilldon’t call the city home Villages remain their “home” Earn money in the city and send it back
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