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Zanzibar, city, Tanzania

(Encyclopedia)Zanzibar zănˈzĭbär, zănzĭbärˈ [key] or Stone Town, city (2012 pop. 223,033), capital of the semiautonomous archipelago of Zanzibar and of Zanzibar West region, Tanzania, on the west coast of Z...

Pemba

(Encyclopedia)Pemba pāmˈbə [key], island (2012 pop. 223,033), c.380 sq mi (980 sq km), NE Tanzania, in the Indian Ocean just off the E African mainland. Pemba is part of the semiautonomous archipelago of Zanziba...

Tanzania

(Encyclopedia)CE5 Tanzania tănˌzənēˈə, –zănˈēə, Swahili tänzänēˈä, officially United Republic of Tanzania, republic (2015 est. pop. 51,046,000), 364,898 sq mi (945,087 sq km), E Africa, formed i...

Mwinyi, Ali Hassan

(Encyclopedia)Mwinyi, Ali Hassan, 1925–, Tanzanian political leader. Entering politics in 1963, Mwinyi held government positions in Zanzibar, then several Tanzanian government posts (1970–84), before he was ele...

Wissmann, Hermann von

(Encyclopedia)Wissmann, Hermann von hĕrˈmän fən vĭsˈmän [key], 1853–1905, German explorer in Africa. He crossed (1880–82) Africa from Luanda to Zanzibar and, on behalf of Leopold II of Belgium, explored ...

Archipelago

(Encyclopedia)Archipelago ärkĭpĕlˈəgō [key] [Ital., from Gr.,=chief sea], ancient name of the Aegean Sea, later applied to the numerous islands it contains. The word now designates any cluster of islands. ...

Swahili

(Encyclopedia)Swahili swähēˈlē [key] [Arab.,=coast people], name for some of the inhabitants of the Kenya, Tanzania, Somali, and Mozambique coasts, Zanzibar, and E Congo. Descendants of black Africans and Arab ...

Said, Sayyid

(Encyclopedia)Said, Sayyid säēdˈ säēdˈ [key] or Said ibn Sultan, 1791?–1856, ruler of Oman and Zanzibar. He became ruler of Oman in 1806, when he was about 15. After defeating opposition in Oman, with Briti...

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