African Postman: The Legacy of Slavery in Zanzibar, Tanzania

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Jamaica‘s Emancipation Day (August 1) is not far away. With our fiftieth anniversary of Independence we are looking forward – but we have also looked back at our history, and the history we share with other nations. One of those experiences, which can never be forgotten, is slavery. In Jamaica, we associate West Africa with the slave trade; but it was flourishing for centuries in East Africa, also. The slave market in Zanzibar was closed in 1873, when Sultan Bargash signed an edict making slavery illegal. Some fifty years earlier, the Omani Arabs (who had controlled Zanzibar since 1698) signed a similar document, but the practice continued, with slaves being transported by Arab traders from Zanzibar to mainland Africa, where they were used to transport ivory.

Slave at Zanzibar Slave Market A slave at Zanzibar Slave Market in the late nineteenth century.

They landed at a place called Bagamoyo, on the coast…

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2 Responses to African Postman: The Legacy of Slavery in Zanzibar, Tanzania

  1. petchary says:

    Thank you SO much for reblogging my article. I appreciate it, and just love your blog. I am going to restart my “African Postman” series soon…

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