Also known the land of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak located close to Tanzania's Kenya border. Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa located on the Indian Ocean. It is considered the world's 31st-largest country. It is half the state of Alaska. To the north are Kenya and Uganda; to the west, Rwanda, Burundi and Congo/Zaire. To the south are Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia. The Indian Ocean is to the east
Africa's best-known lakes are found in Tanzania such as Lake Victoria in the north also the greatest lake in Africa. This lake also unites the three East African countries: Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Lake Tanganyika, the deepest lake in Africa, is also found in Tanzania. Nyasa, also known as Lake Malawi or Lake Nyassa or Lake Niassa in the south, borders with Malawi. Other unique lakes in the country are Manyara, L. Rukwa and L. Natron.
This country also contains many of the world’s largest wildlife parks such as the famous Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Manyara National Park, Gombe and Mikumi.
The Tanzanian Government:
President: Jakaya Kikwete (2005)
Prime Minister: Mizengo Pinda (2008)
State Capitol: Dodoma
The State House and the central government located in Dar es'Salaam
Land Area: 342,100 sq mi
886,039 sq km
Total area: 364,900 sq mi
945,087 sq km
Population (2006 est.): 37,446,392
Growth rate: 1.8%
Motto, Uhuru na Umoja "Freedom and Unity"
Initially, Tanzania was known as Tanganyika, its mainland part, but in 1964, Tanganyika and the Zanzibar Island united forming the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar and later the name was changed to United Republic of Tanzania. To this day, Tanzania and the Island of Zanzibar are considered as one country. Zanzibar is the collective name of two islands, Unguja and Pemba. The population of this island was 988,174 in the 2003 census. Its area is 637 mi (1,651kmsq).
Tanzania was a German colony from the 1880’s until 1919 under the treaty of Versailles. World War I put an end to all German experiments. The British advance into German territory continued steadily from 1916 until the country was fully occupied. The country subsequently became a British mandate until its independence in 1961, with Julius Nyerere as its first prime minister and later the first Tanzanian President. Luckily, there has never been a bloodshed in Tanzania as a result of struggle for independence like it was in Kenya and other many African countries.
Kenya in Brief:
Kenya is located in Eastern Africa. Her neighboring countries are Ethiopia to the north, Somalia to the east, Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west, Sudan to the northwest and the Indian Ocean to the south east.
Current President: Mwai Kibaki-2002
Prime Minister: Raila Odinga (2008)
Area: Total: 582,646 sq km
224,960 sq mi.
Land: 569,250 sq km
Area comparative: slightly smaller than the U. S. state of Texas
Population: 34.7 million as of June 2006
Tribes or ethnic groups: 42
Spoken Languages: Tribal, Swahili (Kiswahili) English
Driving: Left/Right Left
The British Colonial Rule:
The Europeans came to Kenya as result of colonization. The British declared Kenya a Protectorate in 1895. After a long struggle for freedom, Kenya became independent in 1963. The struggle for independence was the most difficult procedure that Africans have had to go through and no matter how much is written in explanation of it, the true picture will never be clear. Thousands of highly-trained British troops engaged massive military force against African freedom fighters that were only armed with home-made and captured weapons. The cost of the war was very high and the majority of people who died or suffered the most were native Africans. The British rulers paid and corrupted some African tribes such as the Kamba and the Kalenjin people to fight other freedom fighters for them. The tribes that were hired by the British were known as the Home Guards. Furthermore, it was unpopular with many of the conscript troops who sympathized with the aims of African nationalist, and also many people living in Britain. The tribes that began and fought strongly for independence were the Kikuyu and the Embu tribes, but were later joined by the Maasai and the Luos. The Home Guards later realized that the war was the benefit of marginalized African people and they joined the other freedom fighters to force the British out of the country.
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