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Ancient Coins found in Arafura Sea raise question whether Kilwa Kisiwani once ruled Australia

As ancient monetary coins from Kilwa Kisiwani surface in Australia, it is suddenly coming to light that people from the Indian Ocean Coastline of the now Tanzania, could have ventured far into other continents before foreigners came to East Africa.

Or maybe the mighty Kilwa Sultanate could have ruled to as far as Australia but for some reason history has chosen not to document this fact.

It also goes to show how the influence of Kilwa Kisiwani could have extended some 10,000 kilometers from the now Tanzania’s Indian Ocean coastline to Marchinbar Australia, whether through trade or governance.

This discovery shows the stretching network of Africa’s sea trading relations dating back more than 900 years ago.

The five ancient coins, believed to have been minted at the former empire which was pivoted from the Kilwa Kisiwani Island in present-day Tanzania, have been found to date back to the 8th to 15th century AD.

They were made of copper, silver, and gold and are believed to have been used as trade currency.

It also solidifies the fact that, the place which is now the country of Tanzania could have been among the first world territories to produce its own money through minting of valuable coins.

The discovery of these coins on the remote and isolated Wessel Islands off the coast of Northern Territory in Australia has also led to speculation that ancient East African traders may have reached the continent long before the arrival of Europeans.

The Kilwa Kisiwani with its ancient capital city located on the coast of present-day Tanzania, in East Africa, was a powerful empire that controlled the trade of gold, ivory and other valuable goods from the African interior to the Indian Ocean.

The exact explanation for the presence of these coins remains a mystery, and further research and studies are needed to confirm their origin.

How did the five coins from distant Kilwa wind up in the isolated Wessel Islands?

Was a shipwreck involved?

Could it be that the Portuguese, who had looted Kilwa in 1505, reached the Australian shores with coins from East Africa in their possession?

Or was it that sailors from Kilwa, renowned as expert navigators all across the sea route between China and Africa, had ventured as far as Australia?

The other question is, ‘Did they trade with the Indigenous population?’

Or maybe the sea voyagers from Kilwa simply called on the Australian port, rested and left?

Maybe some even chose to stay in Australia.

Anyway, it was in 1944, the five 12th century coins from Kilwa Sultanate were discovered more than 10,000 kilometers away from Kilwa, precisely on the Marchinbar Island of Australia.

The Kilwa Sultanate, whose historical ruins can be visited at Kilwa Kisiwani, was a medieval east African empire in modern-day Tanzania.

The Kilwa Sultanate controlled much of Indian Ocean trade and even extended into the continent’s hinterland.