oa East African Geographical Review - The impact of nationhood on Dar es Salaam

Volume 1967, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 1937-6812



The site of Dar es Salaam must have always been attractive for human settlement. However, until a few months ago, it was readily accepted that the importance of Dar es Salaam went no further back than the 1860's when Sultan Majid, feeling insecure at Zanzibar. decided to start a seat of refuge on the mainland which since that time is known as ""Heaven of Peace"" (in Swahili: Dar es Salaam). The discovery of sgraffiato pottery in 1966 allegedly indicates that this site might have been an important settlement some seven hundred years ago. But interesting and controversial as the origin of Dar es Salaam is, it has little bearing on the present study of the town. The decree of the German government in January 1891, which made Dar es Salaam the capital of their colonial possessions in East Africa. can be considered to have been a dominant factor in initiating its growth.

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