Chinese coin found in Kenya suggests medieval trade route

Archaeologists have unearthed a 15th century Chinese coin on the Kenyan island of Manda. This find predates European exploration of Asia, indicating the Chinese may have traded directly with Africa.

The coin dates to Emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty, who sent an admiral to explore new trade routes around the Indian Ocean.

The island of Manda was occupied by an advanced civilization during the Middle Ages but was abandoned after 1430.