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Abomination - Zanzibar's painful past lies beneath surface

BBC, July 25, 2009

Then, one day, my mother told me about the thousands of black slaves who had been captured in the hinterlands and brought to the island to be sold.

She took me to Bagamoyo, the slave port on the mainland: the word means "lay down your heart".

That trade went on from the Seventh Century until - it is claimed - the beginning of the 20th Century.

Throughout early history, enslavement was common around the world, and East Africa was just one more lucrative location.

But here, the abomination went on longer than at any other time or place.

The traders were mostly Arab, though some Indian merchants were actively involved.





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