Zanzibar: Long Way from Utopia

"Uhuru" was also being shouted to the southeast, 80 miles from Kenya's coast on the tiny, palm-wreathed island of Zanzibar. To the accompaniment of a 41-gun salute, a red, gold and green flag was hoisted in Zanzibar Town, replacing the Union Jack and ending 73 years of British rule in the clove-scented protectorate of Zanzibar and neighboring Pemba Island. With a population of only 300,000 on the two islands, Zanzibar becomes Africa's smallest independent nation.

For more than three centuries, Zanzibar was the jumping-off place for adventurers and explorers and a sanctuary...

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