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Created: February 06, 2000
Updated: January 29, 2014

© K. L. Kamat
African Eunuch -- Dakhani miniature painting
An Indian of African Origin
From a Deccan Miniature Painting

During this Black History Month (Feb. 2000), we recognize the Indians of African Origin.  Shown in the picture above is an African merchant in India. The Janjeera people, believed to be of Ethiopian origin, came to India on business and went on to control important positions in local governments during the fifteenth century. A fort built by them, and defended against even the forces as strong as that of Shivaji can be visited in Maharashtra today.

(We thank our patron Nicholas Glean for prompting this study.-Ed)

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  • Pictures of Siddi fort of Murud Janjeera at Internet India (page down 02/2002)

 

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