Chinese East Africa
CEA covers the area of *here*'s Northern Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, southern Kenya and Comoros. It used to be much larger, until the Oriental War crisis, covering Katanga, Buganda, Kasai, Maasai and Madagascar.
Original Article on CEA:
Following Admiral Zheng He's explorations of the 14th century, China established trading colonies in eastern Africa and Madagascar. At that time, Chinese-influenced territory spanned from Somaliland in the north on down to South Africa. A large inland territory was also claimed, though most of China's activities were along the coast. The Kingdom of Madagascar was once part of CEA, After the Great Oriental War, China was broken up into several states along traditional cultural and linguistic lines. Madagascar came under the Commonwealth's sphere of influence, and Katanga, Kasai and Buganda declared themselves independent, as the Chinese could not control them. Madagascar has since sought formal admission to the Commonwealth.
As a result, the former colonial territory of Chinese East Africa is today a much reduced country and is ruled as a kind of condominium between the various Chinese states under the auspices of the Chinese East Africa Company.
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- See: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/2446907.stm
- See: http://www.100megsfree4.com/farshores/am02cm.htm
- See: http://www.huaren.org/diaspora/background/doc/kristof.html
- See: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/sultan/explorers.html
In light of these articles, I wrote to Jan in January:
"Any thoughts about all this and how it might affect what we think about CEA? The rest of the world?
Frankly, if those monstrous 400 to 500 foot long vessels are not exaggerations, I am quite sure that China would have been able to absolutely dominate SE Asia against the quite smaller European vessels and fleets that would be comming in from the West.
How might these behemoths (with their huge fleet of attendant ships) affect Europeans if such should sail into Lisbon or London (as we have imagined)? How might European ship building technology have changed if a number of these ships were in some way "appropriated for study"?
The thought strikes me that we may either be quite underestimating the potentials of Chinese naval power at the time or perhaps we should assume that, like *here*, the seven great voyages of the treasure junks were it and the Chinese put an end to such sea voyages. Especially given how Europe seems to have dominated the region."
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CHINESE EAST AFRICA
Chinese East Africa has 22 provinces. Name is first transcribed in English, then in pinyin:
- Bakonjo - ba2kon4zhou4
- baHutu - ba2hu3du4
- Barotseland - ba2lo3zi4guo3 (the guo as in Zhongguo)
- baTwa - ba2dua4
- Buganda - bu4gan4da2
- Bunyoro - bun4you3lo2
- Kasai - ka2sai4
- Kivu - ki2wu4
- Malawi - ma2la2wei4
- Mayota - ma2you3da2
- Mombasa - mon4ba2sa4
- Mozambik - mo3san4bei4
- Mwali - mo3a2lei4
- Nairobi - nai2lo2bei4
- Ngazidja - na2zi4zhai4
NOTE: These provinces were devised when it was assumed that CEA was a huge country. In light of more recent developments, these provinces might need to be tweaked or some might need to be deleted if they fall outside present CEA borders.
QUERY: Do these names fit with actual Chinese names for lands in the region (see map in one of the above articles)?