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What factors led to the decline of the Indian Ocean trade?

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Factors that led to the decline of the Indian Ocean trade include;

  • Exhaustion of items of trade like slaves, gold and ivory 
  • Abolition of slavery and slave trade 
  • European colonization of East Africa 
  • Emergence of industrial revolution in Europe 
  • Establishment of legitimate trade by the missionaries 
  • The Portuguese conquest of East African Coast 
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