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From Tanganyika to Tanzania

A Brief History of How Tanganyika and Zanzibar became Tanzania In 1964, Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form what is now known as Tanzania. Tanganyika became independent in December 1961 and Julius Nyerere

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The History of Asian Merchants in Kenya & Uganda

Kenya From the 1890s to 1914, there were more Indians in Kenya than white colonial settlers and after World War 1, they began demanding rights. Many of the Asian immigrants came from the western parts

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The Buganda Agreement of 1900 & Land Tenure in the Protectorates

In 1899, the British foreign office appointed Sir Harry Johnston as special commissioner responsible for cutting administrative costs. Commissioner Johnston concluded that Buganda and territories like

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The Maji Maji Revolt in Tanzania 1905-1907

The Maji Maji revolt occurred between 1905 and 1907 in German East Africa which is present day Tanzania. It was an early rebellion to colonialism in this area. Early on, the explorer Karl Peters tricked

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Harry Thuku and the Young Kikuyu Association in Kenya

African nationalism strengthened during the 1920s as European settlers grabbed more land and more settlers came to the colony. In response to repressive laws against Africans, the Kikuyu Association was

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Rwanda: Many Years After the Genocide

The Republic of Rwanda is most often remembered for the 1994 genocide but significant progress over the years has shown that this small state in central and east Africa is a force that rivals many.

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Early History of the Swahili in Kilwa and Zanzibar

Swahili can be used to describe a language and a tribe of people. The title ‘Swahili’ comes from the Arabic term suahel which means sea coast. They used the term to describe the black people

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