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» Dar es Salaam – Under the Sultans, Germans & British

Dar es Salaam which means Heaven of Peace, formerly known as “Mzizima” has a history which dates back till 1857. The city was founded by the Sultan of Zanzibar, Seyyid Majid in the year 1962. The original inhabitants here were the Barawa people started to settle and cultivate the area around Mbwa Maji, Magogoni (now Kivukoni) Mjimwema, and Gezaulole.

The city has witnessed numerous political and cultural changes and has been immensely influenced by the rule of myriad Sultans, Germans and the British. In the mid 19th century the city was just a fishing village but later on developed as one of the major port and trading centre. Previously it was the capital of Tanzania but since 1973 the official capital of Tanzania has been Dodoma, where parliament and some government offices are located.

Dar es Salaam is the largest city in Tanzania, has developed as the commercial capital of the country having three local government areas or administrative districts: Kinondoni to the north, Ilala in the center of the region, and Temeke to the south. The city is fast turning out into one of the major African tourist destination boasting of picturesque harbor, exotic beaches, historical buildings, museums, wildlife parks and the world renowned Askari Monument. The city is one of the safest in the whole of Africa with a mix of African, Muslim and South Asian influences.