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Stone Town Zanzibar
The history of the Stone Town (Unguja) goes beyond 19th Century when the island was the most vital trading center in the Indian Ocean. Today the town is an outstanding material manifestation cultural fusion and harmonization. Above all the only remain of early Swahili coastal trading towns of East Africa, which maintains its urban fabric and townscape. The evidence can be seen from historical buildings in the heart of town; among them House of Wonders (Bait-el-Ajab), The Palace Museum, Dr. Livingstone’s House, Arab Fort, Maruhubi Ruins, Anglican Cathedral , slave trade market and Malindi Minaret Mosque and narrow arrays  [see more about stone town Tour]
The Zanzibar Island, locally known as Unguja,  is a scented paradise full of aroma of locally grown spices such as, cloves, vanilla, peppers, cardamoms and many more. The spices  were brought to the island by the Sultan of Oman in 1698 after he banished the Portuguese traders who used the island as a transit port for repairing and refueling their ships, on the way to the long journey to the Far East.
Owing to the growth of  slave trade in 18th and early 19th century, Zanzibar became an essential location along the Eastern African slave-trading routes. Slaves were taken from as far as Congo, traveled to Bagamoyo, then shipped to Unguja to either work in the cloves and coconut plantation in Unguja and Pemba, or to be shipped to the Middle East and former French colonies of Reunion, Mauritius, Seychelles and Madagascar, or North America.
Accommodations: there are many hotels to accommodate travelers with different budget
   
Narrow street in Zanzibar
 Narrow Street in Stone town

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