With a thirty minute flight or a two hour ferry from Dar es Salaam in
Tanzania you get to the island of Zanzibar. This tropical island in the
Indian Ocean offers an interesting history as a trade centre. The Arabs
have had much influence here and today most people are islamic.
Mosques are spread out throughout the island and Stone Town serves as
the main trading post. The island has a frightening past as it served
as the biggest centre for slave trade on the East African coast before the
British banned slave trade. The growing of spices has also been a
dominating source of income and Zanzibar is often called Spice Island.