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De Lord Brothers, Zanzibar, from the Carpenter Collection, illustrates the unique architecture of the elite homes on the island. Carpenter’s works helped to popularize the study of cultural anthropology and geography in the early 20th century.
The Library of Congress has almost 100 photos online, dating from the early 20th century, documenting the rich culture of East Africa’s Swahili Coast, which stretches from Mogadishu in Somalia to Sofala in Mozambique.
Zanzibar became part of the United Republic of Tanzania in 1964 after Omani rule was abolished and the island joined with the Republic of Tanganyika, which had gained its independence from the British in 1963.
Ruins of earlier ornate Omani palaces lend credence to the legacy of the Sultanate in Zanzibar, showing remnants of once imposing structures with swimming pools and colonnades overgrown with vegetation. The photos digitized and placed online represent a small sampling of the collection, which consists of approximately 5,400 photos in albums, 10,400 photographs not included in albums and 7,000 glass and film negatives.
Photos from the Matson Collection show aerial views of Mombasa harbor, which in the early 20th century, was sparsely populated with buildings despite its importance as a hub for trade in gold, ivory and human cargo, coming from the interior of the continent. The Matson Collection came to the Library of Congress from photographer Eric Matson, who had immigrated to the United States in 1946.
The Omani Sultanate ruled the tropical island off the eastern coast of Tanganyika until an uprising of indigenous Africans overthrew Omani rule in 1964, led by Ugandan John Okello. Landscapes capture scenes of the precious cloves, of which Zanzibar was a major exporter, drying in the sun.