Bagamoyo

Strolling through Bagamoyo’s narrow, unpaved  streets, or sitting at the port watching dhows (ancient Arabic sailing  vessels) get loaded, takes you back to the mid-19th century. This is  when the town was one of the most important settlements along the East  African coast and the terminus of the trade caravan route linking Lake  Tanganyika with the sea. Slaves, ivory, salt and copra were unloaded  before being shipped to Zanzibar and elsewhere, and many European  explorers, including Richard Burton, Henry Morton Stanley and David  Livingstone, began and ended their trips here. In 1868 French  missionaries established Freedom Village at Bagamoyo as a shelter for  ransomed slaves, and for the remainder of the century the town served as a way station for missionaries travelling from Zanzibar to the  interior.

From 1887 to 1891 Bagamoyo was the capital of  German East Africa, and in 1888 it was at the centre of the Abushiri  Revolt, the first major uprising against the colonial government.

In  1891 the capital was transferred to Dar es Salaam, sending Bagamoyo into a slow decline from which it has yet to recover. Bagamoyo`s unhurried  pace and long history make it an agreeable day or weekend excursion from Dar es Salaam.

At the southeastern edge of town are beaches with  high-tide swimming. Almost every worthwhile sight has an admission fee,  making a Bagamoyo visit a rather expensive endeavour

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