Fort Jesus was built by the Portuguese towards the end of the 16th century (1593-1596) on the coastline near Old Town Mombasa. Mombasa was a transit place for trade at that time and a gateway to India, and the fort was build to protect the town from outside invaders.
How much does it cost to enter Fort Jesus?
Price: Entry fee USD$ 10.00 for non residents and for residents KSH 200 for adults KSH 100 for children.
Why were the Portuguese able to control the Kenyan coast?
Why were the Portuguese able to control the Kenyan coast between 1500 and 1700. Disunity/rivalry among the coastal towns enabled the Portuguese to play one against the other e.g Mombasa and Malindi. The construction of forts by the Portuguese e.g. Fort Jesus made them able to sustain their control over the area.
How do you get to the fort of Jesus?
It’s very easy to get to Fort Jesus since it’s within Mombasa island. The neighborhood where fort Jesus is located cannot be accessed using public service buses. You’ll have to take a taxi or tuk-tuk.
Who did the Swahili trade with?
Around the 8th century, the Swahili people began trading with the Arab, Persian, Indian, Chinese, and Southeast Asian peoples—a process known as the Indian Ocean trade.