7 less-known ancient African civilisations that you might not find in colonisers’ books

The Ajuran Empire

This Somalia empire dominated the Indian Ocean trade and ruled Northeast of Africa in the medieval period. The empire is noted for its extensive architecture. The empire was established in the 9th century and was a very strong and powerful empire trading with traders all over the world. The kingdom had its own currency and was an Islam state under the Sharia law.  It was ruled mainly by the aristocrats but declined in the late 17th century due to poor governance.

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