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African - Australian Connections

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1PossMan
maj 12, 2019, 10:19am

This article from The Guardian describes a coin turning up in NE Australia (near Arnhem Land) which is possibly from what was Tanzania over 1000 years ago.
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/may/12/it-could-change-everythin...

2Bushwhacked
nov 8, 2019, 5:51pm

The story appears to be a bit of a beat up... as for the idea "it could change everything" ... well...

The most likely source of the coins would appear to be either a Dutch or Portuguese shipwreck. Dutch Batavia and Portuguese Timor lie just over the water, and there is a long documented history of Dutch East Indiaman wrecks on the Western Australian Coast. If you wanted to pitch a different scenario the idea that the coins may have arrived via Muslim traders probably isn't inconceivable.

Down here where I live at the other end of the Australian continent we even have our own local legend of a wrecked Portuguese caravel, The Mahogany Ship.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahogany_Ship