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Mogadishu is a maritime City-State City-State in Civilization V. Maritime city-states give Food Food to your cities when you befriend or ally with them.

Game Info[]

Mogadishu is introduced in the Brave New World expansion pack.

Musical Theme Inspiration: ?

Architecture: Middle Eastern

Civilopedia entry[]

According to the Periplus of the Erythraean Sea, Mogadishu was already a major maritime center in the 1st century AD when Roman merchants began trading from Egyptian ports along the Red Sea coast. With the settlement of Muslim traders in the Somali city around 900 AD, trade routes were expanded to distant realms such as China, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. By the time the Moroccan explorer and author ibn-Batuta arrived in 1331, Mogadishu was at the zenith of its prosperity, the pre-eminent city on the Horn of Africa.

The wealth of Mogadishu became the stuff of legend in Europe, supported by the observations of travelers. Vasco da Gama, who stopped in the city in the 15th century, noted that it was well defended and well built, with houses of four or five stories, large palaces in the center, and many mosques. The following century the Portuguese traveler Duarte Barbosa wrote of hundreds of ships from distant lands that sailed into its harbor with cargos of cloth and spices which they bartered for gold, wax and ivory. Barbosa also described Mogadishu as the center of a thriving weaving industry that produced a light-weight fabric highly valued in Egypt and Syria.

Spurred by greed, European powers sought to incorporate the city into their colonial empires; the Portuguese tried unsuccessfully and later the British East India Company briefly established control. In 1892 AD the Zanzibar sultan leased Mogadishu to Italy, which made it the capital of Italian Somalia in 1905. In 1960 Somalia achieved its independence peacefully. But the democracy collapsed in the course of the 1991 civil war. Since 1994, when the United Nations withdrew its peacekeeping force, Mogadishu has been torn by near constant fighting between rival militias. In such chaos, the once thriving port has fallen into disrepair and disuse.

See also[]

Civilization V City-states [edit]
Cultured BogotaBratislava BNW-onlyBrusselsBucharestBuenos Aires BNW-onlyFlorenceKabul BNW-onlyKiev BNW-onlyKuala LumpurKyzyl BNW-onlyMilan GodsKings5 clearMonacoPrague GodsKings5 clearSeoulViennaWarsawYerevan GodsKings5 clear
Maritime Byblos BNW-onlyCape TownCopenhagenHelsinkiJakarta GodsKings5 clearLisbon GodsKings5 clearManila GodsKings5 clearMogadishu BNW-onlyMombasa GodsKings5 clearOrmus BNW-onlyOsloPanama City BNW-onlyQuebec CityRagusaRiga BNW-onlyRio de JaneiroStockholmSydneyUr BNW-onlyVancouver BNW-onlyVeniceWellington
Mercantile GodsKings5 clear Antananarivo BNW-onlyAntwerp GodsKings5 clearCahokia GodsKings5 clearColombo GodsKings5 clearGenoaHong Kong GodsKings5 clearMalacca BNW-onlyMarrakech GodsKings5 clearMelbourne BNW-onlySamarkand BNW-onlySingaporeTyreVilniusZanzibar GodsKings5 clearZurich GodsKings5 clear
Militaristic AlmatyBelgradeBudapestDublinEdinburghHanoiM'banza-Kongo BNW-onlySidonSofia BNW-onlyValletta GodsKings5 clear
Religious GodsKings5 clear GenevaIfe BNW-onlyJerusalem GodsKings5 clearKathmanduLa Venta GodsKings5 clearLhasaVatican City GodsKings5 clearWittenberg GodsKings5 clear

GodsKings5 clear Added in the Gods & Kings expansion pack.
BNW-only Added in the Brave New World expansion pack.