Mutapa signed treaties making it a portuguese vassal and ceding gold mines but none of these concessions were ever put into effect mutapa remained nominally independent though practically a client state all the while portugal increased control over much of southeast africa with the beginnings of a colonial system. Due to a decline in trade the portuguese decided to send an emissary to the mutapa state he was tasked with tracing the trade route and work on ways to control and monopolise this route. Benefits and damage of the portuguese activities to the mutapa state an early portuguese map showing the mutapa state zimsec o level history notes the portuguese in the zambezi valley the benefits and damage of portuguese activities to the mutapa state. The mutapa state consolidated power and maintained its dominance from the 15th to the 20th century in what is now present day zimbabwe the ruling class of the mutapa people had similar culture and customs as those of the great zimbabwe the mutapa people produced and traded a variety of goods such as elephant tusks continue reading the mutapa state portuguese traders in the 16th century. The mutapa and the portuguese archaeometallurgy and regional interaction in southern africa was the mutapa state while the mercantilism fuelled portuguese were the dominant foreign players
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