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|Tanzania is 364,000 sq. miles, the largest country in East Africa. The population was 36 million in 2005 with 45% Christian and 35% Muslim. English and Swahili were the official languages with many local languages.
(Econ, 11/5/05, p.51)
Tanganyika became independent in 1961.
The islands of Zanzibar and Pemba joined the former British colony of Tanganyika to form the republic of Tanzania in 1964.
Zanzibar is a limestone island 60 miles long and 20 miles wide, about 40 miles by boat from Dar es Sa-laam. The name comes from Arabic roots, Zinj el Barr, meaning Black Coast or land of the black people. Locals call it Unguja. A 2nd island is called Pemba.
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