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I came a few steps further to the 1878-built Church of Christ Cathedral. In the same place he was once
Slave market, where people from sub-Saharan Africa were to profit-making goods. Still in 1870, you paid for a young slaves in the Interior of Africa's equivalent of 1.50 euros. In Zanzibar, the price rose to about 25 euros, while the merchants of the Arabian Peninsula spent up to 50 euros for a slave.
Eventually, a young Sansibarer in the dark cellar vault of the Church of Christ Cathedral led me. Here deported people like wild animals were kept in low dungeons with only a few square meters of iron chains, before they sold it to the slave market - to the Lords on Zanzibar spice plantations or to Arabia.
On the market, where sweaty traders loudly praised to their wares, I met Yussuf Tamimo, a 87 Fischer, who sat on a wooden bench outside the next day. Mohammed was a thin Sansibarer with weather-tanned face and Brown and white robe, wearing a colorful embroidered Prayer Cap. With shining eyes, he volunteered to show me a few places of Zanzibar arts and crafts. Of course, for a small tip. Expectantly, I agreed and was enthusiastic about all the things I got to see: ancient factory shops, where Carpenter sawed, hammered Schuster and their rattling sewing machine in power kept the Schneider.
Later Mari and I sat together in the shade sails Harbour under a shade-giving, drank coffee, ate pineapple slices, and watch the hustle and bustle in the dhow port, where exhausted carrier-huge us exploded, Garköchinnen eating fresh fish on small coal fires, climbed sailors in the tall masts, planks scrubbing, frayed Tauenden spleißten, Ballin knotted or braided ship baskets. All in the port knew Yussuf, liked him and his irresistible laugh, with the open mouth showed only five rotting teeth. For decades, Yussuf of to Allah every morning had prayed for a good catch before he sailed with a dhow fishing on the sea. Since he was too old to maintain on the high seas, younger fishermen, whom he knew since childhood and he had repeatedly told the story of a fabled treasure, which should be hidden in an ancient city on the East coast of Kenya gave him.
I reported this treasure legend Yussuf: around 1870 to twelve ships of Arabia in Lake be crisp, loaded with cloth, incense and 100 barrels, filled with gold and silver coins to purchase slaves in East and Central Africa. Course: Zanzibar. Off Kenya's coast, was caught in heavy storm the dhow fleet and smashed on reefs and surf rock. Only two ships escaped the disaster, the precious barrels which were now brought to a mysterious town called Gedi along the East African coast were on them. Then the survivors of the shipwreck sailed with their dhows keep to Zanzibar. Their plan was to unearth the hidden barrels at a later date to notify the coins among themselves. But arrived on Zanzibar, they were executed on command by Tippu tip, so that the precious barrels remained until now undetected and still deeply buried in the city
are you want to, which was probably founded by Bantu-speaking peoples in pre-Christian times. Later, in the year 1100, ended up Arab traders with their dhows on the Kenyan coast and expanded the commercial establishment into a magnificent city, maintained between the 15th and 17th centuries intensive trade relations with Venice, Persia, India and China. So, Gedi was not only rich in spices and precious wood, but also in gold, precious stones and ivory.