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Gujarati merchants have been trading in Malindi for over 500 years.

When Vasco da Gama arrived in Mozambique, Mombasa and Malindi in 1498, he was surprised at the number of Arabs and Indians he found there.[1]

Malindi, for example, a city which was attempting to attract Gujarati merchants when the Portuguese intervened, accepted Portuguese tribute after the first bombardment of Mombasa — the commercial hub of the region — foreseeing both trade and military advantages in siding with the interlopers. Immediately after the construction of a customs house at Malindi, Indian, and later Luso-Indian, shipping was redirected to the town.[2]

We know that in 1890, Dharamsi Khatua immigrated to Zanzibar from Bombay after travelling for a month in a dhow. He established Dharamsi Khatau and Co., which imported textiles from Germany, and proceeded to set up 40 branches throughout East Africa, including in Mombasa, Lamu, Malindi, Mazeras, Takangu, Kisumu, Bukoba, Nairobi and Meru, where the newly arrived Khoja Ithna-Asheries worked before establishing their own businesses.

References & Notes

  1. Oonk, Gijsbert.South Asians in East Africa, 1800-2000. An entrepreneurial minority caught in a 'Catch-22. (2013), The Low Countries Journal of Social and Economic History. Kindle Location 31-32
  2. Prestholdt, J. (2001). Portuguese Conceptual Categories and the. Journal of Asian and African Studies, 36(4), 383-406.

Personal Histories of Malindi residents in 1938, in Khojawiki records (2024)

Sadrudin Talakshi

Satbai Sadrudin Talakshi

Fatmabai Abdulla

Abdulla Allarakhia

Ali Manji

Jenabai Ali Manji