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|Surely one of the most exotic
sounding places in
the world yet
until a few years ago barely known to any but intrepid back packers and
Our link with Zanzibar stems from Yoland being one of the latter, having lived there as a child . Now we have friends there and are involved in raising funds for the hospital
Zanzibar and Pemba have more to offer than sunbathing and scuba diving for as the capital of the Indian ocean for hundreds of years, this has been the stopping off place for ships en route to India and far east as well as a centre of the slave and ivory trade. So much so that in 1832 the Sultan of Oman moved his capital here - the weather being so much more clement. In the 19th century, expeditions to the interior were manned, equipped and left from the island; the British slave rescue fleet operated out of the old arab town. In 1871 H M Stanley embarked on his search for Livingstone and 3 years later left with 680 men and women to cross the African continent.
A walk through the cool narrow streets of the old Stone Town, with its tiny shops and lethal bicycle riders negotiating the obstructions of playing children, shoppers and ambling tourists, feels more like a souk in any other part of the Arab diaspora, yet take a spice tour into the countryside and it is very definitely Africa at its most lush and green - not for nothing is this beautiful place known as the Spice Island of the Indian Ocean.
|POSTAL HISTORY||THE SLAVE TRADE|
|Roger has made a comprehensive collection of the stamps and postal history of Zanzibar up to 1967. Although this interest is currently on the back burner he welcomes contact from other collectors.||
Yoland successfully completed her research on the history of Zanzibar and the East African slave trade with particular reference to May Allen, the first medical missionary with the Universities Mission to Central Africa. The output was the book described on our sister site. www.eleventowns.com
|MNAZI MMOJA HOSPITAL|
|The hospital is, to say the least, not well equipped. Yoland will give talks to clubs and societies on a variety of subjects to raise money to buy things they need. If you can help in any way please contact us.|
The Aston-Makunduchi Partnership was founded in 1990.
'twinning' between Aston Comprehensive School in Sheffield and
Secondary School and local community on the east coast of Zanzibar
promote links, education and support for the children in both
English children have raised money to supply books, stationary,
even a chicken farm to help the Zanzibari school become self
Teachers and children have been brought to Sheffield for further
at a less tangible, but equally important level, English children have
benefited from visiting the homes and seeing the lives of their
across the world. Long may the Aston-Makunduchi Partnership continue.
|A unique hotel steeped in the history of slavery.
about 4 miles
from the town just off the airport road. In 1875 a village was created
Mbweni by the Universities Mission to Central Africa to house,
train rescued slaves (dhows still carried on the trade despite the
ships of the British navy which patrolled the East African coast).
Now, the ruins of the girls school and the chapel are being restored to be part of this quiet friendly hotel set in a tranquil garden. Flo Montgomery has recreated the botanical garden originally made by Sir John Kirk, the botanist who went up the Zambesi river and later became British Consul in Zanzibar. There is a collection of over 200 palm trees as well as many other trees and shrubs from across the tropical world. Web: www.mbweni.com
|POINTS OF CONTACT|
For information on visitor visas etc contact the Tanzanian Embassy (London) on +44 (0)207 499 8951.
|ALL ABOUT ZANZIBAR|
|For a wealth of information about Zanzibar||Information from Zanzibar cc|
|The British Empire Museum|