Former Slave market

Duration: 30 Minutes
Entrance Fee: Yes (Included in the Tour price)
Wheelchair friendly: Yes
Sanitary facilities: Yes
Refreshments: Yes

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During the 19th century, Zanzibar became a significant center for the slave trade in East Africa. Arab and Swahili slave traders, primarily of Omani origin, played a prominent role in this trade.

Slaves were captured from various regions of East Africa, including mainland Tanzania, Kenya, and Mozambique. These individuals were often sold and transported through Zanzibar to other parts of the world, such as the Middle East, India, and the Americas. The slaves were primarily used for labour on plantations, in households, and on ships.

Stone Town, the historic center of Zanzibar City, was a hub for the slave trade. Tippu Tip, a prominent Arab-Swahili trader, was one of the key figures involved in the slave trade in Zanzibar during that era. The slaves were held in various locations, including underground chambers known as “bubu” and in the cramped conditions of dhows (traditional sailing vessels).

In 1873, the British declared a ban on the export of slaves from Zanzibar. This marked the beginning of efforts to suppress the slave trade in the region. In subsequent years, anti-slavery campaigns gained momentum, leading to the eventual abolition of the slave trade in Zanzibar in 1876.

Today, Zanzibar acknowledges its history and the impact of the slave trade. The island has several historical sites, such as the Slave Market and the Anglican Cathedral, which serve as reminders of this dark chapter. The Slave Market site, in particular, is a memorial that pays tribute to the victims of the slave trade and provides insights into the history of Zanzibar’s involvement in this brutal practice.

Memorial at the Stone Town Slave Market

Visiting the old slave market and the Stone Town Museum is one of the ways to see with your own eyes the recent atrocities that human beings can do and how important it is to educate so that these events do not happen again.
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