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Along with Hobyo and Bosaso, Mareeg, developed as a coastal outpost of various Sultanates established by Somali pastoralists between the 15th and 19th centuries. The town was founded in the 16th century, during the period marked by the local ascendancy of the Ajuran Empire.
According to the catalogo of the Museo della Garesa, coins from an early historical epoch were also recovered in the city.
- Mareeg, Galguduud, Somalia
- Lee V. Cassanelli, The shaping of Somali society: reconstructing the history of a pastoral people, 1600-1900, (University of Pennsylvania Press: 1982), p.75.
- Chittick, Neville (1975). An Archaeological Reconnaissance of the Horn: The British-Somali Expedition. pp. 117–133.
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