Founded in 1866 by the sultan of Zanzibar, Dar-es-Salaam was a small town when German forces occupied it in 1887. In 1891 it became the capital of German East Africa, but its main growth began during World War II. It is the site of the Univ. of Dar-es-Salaam, Kivukoni Acad. of Social Sciences, Dar-es-Salaam Technical College, the Open Univ. of Tanzania, the College of Business Education, the Ardhi Institute, the Institute of Kiswahili Research, a botanical garden, the national archives, and the National Museum of Tanzania. Many political exiles were drawn to Dar-es-Salaam when Tanzania was an outspoken supporter of African liberation movements (1960s to early 1990s). In 1996, Tanzania's national assembly moved to Dodoma, but many government offices remain in Dar-es-Salaam. In Aug., 1998, a terrorist bomb exploded at the U.S. Embassy in Dar-es-Salaam, killing 11 people.
Productivity Pays Dividends: Dar Es Salaam Is Recognised by the World Bank as One of Africa's Most Productive Ports and, as the Port's Manager Jason Rugaihuruza Explains, It Is Now Perfectly Placed to Meet the Various Challenges Ahead. Stephen Williams Reports
Aug 01, 2006; Twenty years ago, no one would take seriously the suggestion that Tanzania's main port at Dar es Salaam could ever represent a...