The Shirazi were a people of Persian descent who moved to the southeastern coast of africa in the 10th century. These people moved to occupy Lamu islands, Pemba, Comoro islands and Kilwa to create the second largest dynasty in the region, second to Mogadishu. The Shirazi were traders who successfully made Kilwa the major trading center which led to a rise in wealthy traders. there was an increase in Chinese porcelain and new pottery styles emerged. People started building stone houses and mosques using Arab achitectural designs. The interactions of the traders and the natives eventually led to the rise of the Swahili language.
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