Bagamoyo

The sad history of Tanzania’s slave trade echoes within this region, offering a ringing testament to the lives that were affected and the dark side of human nature.

75 kilometers to the North of Dar es Salaam sits Bagamoyo. The location carries with it a rich history that deserves to be remembered.

Its name in Swahili means “lay down your heart,” and the place admittedly has a echoingly sad history. Although the slave trade officially ended in 1873, slaves continued to be sold and traded in Bagamoyo well beyond, leaving behind their families and the country that was their home.

Slaves were commonly captured in the interior and transported to Bagamoyo, where they were seen paraded down the streets, chained together by the neck. From this location, after being purchased or traded, they were shipped to Zanzibar or onwards to other Arab countries.

What You’ll See

Bagamoyo, whose Swahili name means “lay down your heart,” helps us all to remember a sad but important time in Tanzanian history.

This coastal area of Tanzania lies just across the channel from Zanzibar. Its early history was that of fishermen and farmers that lived peacefully with their surrounding countrymen. Later, in the 18th century Muslim Diwans from Oman settled here with their families, built up the town, and also developed it as a center for slave and ivory trade.

Be among such famous European explorers as Grant, Stanley and Livingstone, who have passed through this fascinating town. Delve even deeper into the rich history that has made this coastal town into what it is today – and take away stories of humans who should never be forgotten.

Source: Tanzania Tourist Board

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