Kenya’s Mombasa

The ship docked after a week crawling across the placid Arabian Sea. My foot touched African soil for the first time to the sound of an African greeting, “Jambo.”

As I explored Kenya’s coastal city, Mombasa, sea breezes sailed in off the ocean. 

Fort Jesus. Photo courtesy: Tsinjekho - wikimedia.org
Fort Jesus. Photo courtesy: Tsinjekho – wikimedia.org

Fort Jesus was a stone structure, built by the Portuguese in the 1500s, and located at the mouth of Tudor Creek.The fort was a reminder of the European nations eager to seize and control Africa’s wealth.

It was the British however, who wanted to make Kenya its second home. When their other colonial nations achieved independence, they still clung to Kenya, but eventually, they couldn’t keep what wasn’t theirs, even with gun diplomacy.

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