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Monday, June 23, 2014

Excellence: First annual Bagamoyo Historical Marathon was the best starter

I visited the town that dates about 200 yrs ago, I wached a Marathon older than the great Boston Marathon; I mean older than Boston because the town was the final destination for arriving slaves from the west angle of Tanzania in the  peripheries of Congo and Lake Tanganyika. The Marathon has more meaning than the Kilimanjaro Marathon which has become a source of income rather than promotion of spirit of sportsmanship.

The town of Bagamoyo, Tanzania, was founded at the end of the 18th century. It was also spelled (Bwaga moyo) the original capital of German East Africa and was one of the most important trading ports along the East African coast. Today the town has about 30,000 inhabitants and is the capital of the District of Bagamoyo, recently being considered as a world heritage site.

Bagamoyo was the first capital of Tanzania while serving as the German headquarters of German East Africa (first under the auspices of the German East African Company and then the German Imperial Government) between 1886-1891. 

Dar Es Salaam became the new capital of the colony in 1891. The town was apparently the (1895) birthplace of SS-Oberfuhrer Julian. During World War, on August 15, 1916, a British air attack and naval bombardment was launched on Bagamoyo, the Germans were overrun and the German garrison taken.

'In November 2009 I started a LONG WALK from Bagamoyo to Ujiji Kigoma (Indian Ocean to Lake Tanganyika) to test the suffering our ancestral fathers had against their will; I did it without force"

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