Describe the characteristics of the coastal towns by 1500
Kiswahili was used as the main medium of communication in the coastal towns.
Islam was the main religion practiced in the towns.
Islamic law/Sharia was used in administration.
Houses were constructed using Arabic architecture.
Trade was the main economic activity in the towns.
In the city states were generally divided into two sections, one Muslim and other African.
The city states were ruled by Imams/Sultans/sheikhs.
The city states were independent political entities.
Towns minted and used their own coins/money.
People wore woven and silk clothes.