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Map and Guide to Tanzania
Page Number: 02d
Along the coast, the Bantu people had also established their presence over extensive areas and a distinctive Swahili civilisation developed with the intermingling of Arab and Shirazi immigrants who established maritime posts at Kaole in the 12th century which thrived until the 15th century.
Kilwa, the most famous town in the South founded in the 10th century, was one of the few African states south of the Mediterranean to strike its own coinage during medieval times.
Shirazi dynasties ruled the region during the 12th and 13th centuries and around 1270, King Hassan bin Suleiman III built Husuni Kubwa, the largest stone construction known in those days in sub-Saharan Africa: the remains are still most impressive.