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State five factors for the growth of the Kenyan coastal towns by 1700 A.D.

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  1. The coastal cities had able leaders.
  2. The spread of Islam along the coast unified them and led to their growth.
  3. The development and prosperity of the Indian Ocean trade.
  4. The areas where the coastal towns developed were suitable for settlement which attracted people leading to their development.
  5. Most of the coastal towns wee islands that could be easily defended hence leading to their growth.
  6. Areas where the coastal towns were situated were easily accessible.
  7. The areas had good deep natural harbours for easy docking of dhows, this encouraged the settlement.
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