Zanzibar’s Cloud of Mystery

Photo courtesy: Vincent van Zeijst — Wikimedia Commons

Stonetown’s narrow streets and carved doors were magical, but its past told another story. With the Arabs came an expansion of the ivory and slave trades. There was a grim reminder in Stonetown Square where slaves were once auctioned.

When the British took over in the nineteenth century, Africans were pushed even further off the best land with the expansion of coconut and clove plantations, and forced on to the arid east.