bagamoyo s not just a town of dffrnt cu-turs; t s a mcrocosm of east Afrcan hstory:Aras and indans stashd th trad. ThAfrcan popuatons wr thr shppd off as savs or thy workd at th pantatons, nth sat mns or as fshrmn. Th europanxporrs wnt through on thr way to andfrom th Afrcan contnnt. latr cam th ms-sonars, th Grman coonzrs, and todayth toursts.
Few other places in Africa offer such a high con-centration of history in only one place.Bagamoyo is indisputably of great historicalimportance: in fact, it has recently been designat-ed as a world heritage site. Regrettably, this doesnot soothe the fact that a lot of the historicalbuildings are deteriorating due to lack of mainte-
A dAytRiP to BAgAmoyo
A lectuRe in eAst AfRicAn histoRy
By Pernille Bærendtsen
nance. Still, Bagamoyo is an excellent destinationfor a daytrip out of Dar es Salaam if you have aninterest in Swahili history and culture.Bagamoyo is one of the oldest towns in Tanzania, situated about 70 kilometres north of Dar es Salaam on the coast of the Indian Ocean.You can easily establish an overview of the town,check out the historical sights at your own pace,watch the local artists while they work, or simplytake in the sea breeze while dipping your feetin the Indian Ocean. Today the town has about30,000 inhabitants who make up the living prod-ucts of its unique history. You do walk straight intohistory and you might even occasionally think thatmoments must have been frozen.Bagamoyo was founded at the end of the 18thcentury by Muslim families from Oman who estab-