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Old Fort of Bagamoyo

Old Fort of Bagamoyo

Old Fort of Bagamoyo

Old Fort of Bagamoyo – located an hour (60 km) northwest of the capital (facing the island of Zanzibar), this fort was the first stone structure built by the Baluchi Indian A.S. Marhabi, an Arab trader who used it as a trading place for his merchandise (including slaves). It was then handed over to Omani Arab Sultan Bargash, who protected it, but was taken over by the German East Africa colonial rulers during their tenure to defend the East African coast.

 

The Germans renovated the building, converted it from a two-story to a three-story structure, and built a wall around it. After World Wat I, the British took over the fort, and transformed it into a prison. After Tanzanian independence, the fort became a police station, before it was finally converted into a historic site. Nowadays, this fort showcases the history of Bagamoyo town, the culture, and its people.