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A Chinese coin about 600 years old was recently unearthed on an island just off the coast of Kenya. If it proves to be authentic, the coin could show that the Chinese explorer Zheng He — like a Christopher Columbus of the East — came to this part of east Africa.

"This finding is significant. We know Africa has always been connected to the rest of the world, but this coin opens a discussion about the relationship between China and Indian Ocean nations," archaeologist Chapurukha M. Kusimba of The Field Museum in Chicago said in a statement.

The copper and silver disk has a square hole in the center, possibly to be worn on a belt. Read more.

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    Interesting. My political economy prof has said that china’s “rise” isn’t really unexpected, and they’re just reassuming...
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