The name Zanzibar evokes images of a tropical paradise, with picturesque islands, white sand beaches, shimmering turquoise waters, beautiful sunsets, and palm trees swaying in the ocean breeze. Indeed the island is all that, but it’s also more. Zanzibar is a mix of cultures. The ‘Spice Island’ has lured travelers for centuries; from the Sumerians, Assyrians and Egyptians, to the Chinese, Indians and Persians, and later the Arabs, Portuguese and British… Zanzibar has seen them all. During the Omani rule the island was the main slave market in East Africa. Once slavery was abolished, in the late 1800s, the spice trade became the centerpiece of Zanzibar’s international trade. This has culminated in an island that’s a heady mix of sights, sounds and smells.
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