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Secret slave holding cells (slave caves). Exterior view.
19th c African (East) Omani (Zanzibari Sultanate) Architecture

OMANI ZANZIBARI SULTANATE Anonymous (1698 - 1964)
c. 1873
19th c
Omani (Zanzibari Sultanate)
Mangapwani. Zanzibar. Tanzania.
zanz3659
After the abolition of slavery in Stone Town in 1873, slavers made places to hide slaves to avoid British patrol ships. A black market developed in Zanzibar 37 miles from the mainland. Slaves were kept in secret underground chambers then at dusk were shipped to Arabia and India. Most went north to the Arabian Gulf. Purportedly built by Mohammed bin Nassur al-Alawi.

Caption: OMANI ZANZIBARI SULTANATE Anonymous | Secret slave holding cells (slave caves). Exterior view. | c. 1873 | African (East) | Omani Zanzibari Sultanate | ┬ęKathleen Cohen | zanz3659
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