The Trade Winds'
book by Kenyan author Blanche D'Souza
D'Souza's recently published book was well received at its Mombasa
launch by Friends of Fort Jesus on Tuesday, March 24, at Fort Jesus.
the Trade Winds' traces the history and the impact of the age old
Indian trade with Africa. Although Indians had been trading with
Africa for thousands of years their settlements were temporary as they
always considered India as their home.
1806 Seyyid Said persuaded Indians who were living in Muscat
"skilled in the mysteries of the ledger and the
counter" to join him in Zanzibar - as Indian accounting
skills were much sought after.
working arid parsimonious the Indians, unlike the Europeans
and Arabs, never attempted to colonise Africa. However they
have made an indelible contribution to the country's economy
through their commercial integrity and aptitude for business.
book traces their trading origins back to before recorded
history, through the ages to present times.
author, born in Kenya, left at the age of seven and did not
return until she had graduated from St Patrick College in 1951
when she began teaching at Doctor Ribeiro Goan School in
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D'Souza's new book 'Har-
nessing the Trade Winds'
her marriage she continued to teach on and off for the next 15 years
when she took a diploma in Library Science and went to work at the
Library of Congress field office as senior cataloguer.
up a large family left little time for socialising or writing but
Blanche maintained her interest in the presence of Indians in East
Africa but was only able to pursue her interest after all her children
had left home.
D'Souza has focused on the influence of Indian-African trade and has
travelled to Zanzibar, Mumbai and Goa in search of authoritative
is an interesting and fascinating book, it is very well researched.
D'Souza gave a well received talk about her book and then signed
copies which were on sale.
the Trade Winds" is listed in African Books Collective among
the best publications of 2008.