Describe the effects of long distance trade in Kenya during the 19th century.
Commercial relations between different Kenyan communities were established strengthened
It led to the rise of a class of wealthy Africans for example Kivoi, Mewendwa of Kitui and Karuri wa Gakure.
The local people developed a taste for imported goods such as clothes, brass, wire, guns and gunpowder
It led to a decline in local craft and industry as the people preferred imported products/ decline in agriculture
It led to the intensification of the slave trade which caused untold suffering to many communities/ depopulation
The Interior of Kenya was opened up the foreigners
Islam and Swahili culture were spread into interior by traders
New crops introduced into the interior from the coast ( cassava, maize, guvas)
The trade led to development of growth of the urban centers in Kenya
It led to intermarriages between communities