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Islands in a Cosmopolitan Sea: A History of the Comoros

Iain Walker


Many people today have never heard of the Comoros, but these islands were once part of a prosperous economic system that stretched halfway around the world. A key node in the trading networks of the Indian Ocean, the Comoros thrived by exchanging slaves and commodities with African, Arab and Indian merchants. By the seventeenth century, the archipelago had become an important supply point on the route from Europe to Asia, and developed a special relationship with the English. The twentieth century brought French colonial rule and a plantation economy based on perfumes and spices. In 1975, foll ... More

Keywords: Comoros, Perfumes, Vanilla, Slave Trade, Mercenaries, Islam

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190071301
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190071301.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Iain Walker, author
Martin Luther University, Halle