Zanzibar is about the size of London, for BBC World News Zeinab Badawi explores just one square mile.
There’s evidence of 2000 years of contact with the African mainland, the Gulf and India. It was the centre of the East African slave trade, ended by the British when they colonized the place at the end of the 19th century.
Zanzibar has seen its fair share of troubles – most recently, a bloody revolution in 1964 that saw Zanzibar make a union with mainland Tanzania.
But despite a turbulent past, this autonomous Tanzanian island now appears to be an oasis of peace and stability in a part of the world no stranger to strife.
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