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Zanzibar has many tourist attractions, as the oldest Swahili city in Africa, besides also being the site of the earliest mosque in East Africa.

To celebrate Historic Zanzibar, the Tanzania Post Office issued this set of stamps plus souvenir sheet on 26th April 2007.

The designs are:

400/- ... Ruins.

600/- ... Coral reef diving paradise, west of Pemba.

700/- ... The Bet el Ajaib (House of Wonders), and cloves.

800/- ... Coral reef.

Souvenir sheet 700/- ... Colobus monkey.

Mint unhinged, and in pristine condition.

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Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania, in East Africa. It comprises the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25 kilometres off the coast of the mainland, and consists of numerous small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island, informally referred to as Zanzibar), and Pemba.

Arab and Portuguese traders visited the region in early times, and it was controlled by Omanis in the 18th and 19th centuries. Britain established a protectorate (1890) that became an independent sultanate in December 1963 and a republic after a revolution in January 1964. In April 1964 it joined Tanganyika to form a new country that was renamed Tanzania in October 1964. The capital of Zanzibar, located on the island of Unguja, is Zanzibar City, and its historic centre, known as Stone Town, is a World Heritage Site. Population today is about 1,070,000.

Zanzibar issued its own stamps until 1967, and has had a few distinctive Tanzania issues featuring it since then. Zanzibar's main industries are spices, raffia, and tourism. In particular, the islands produce cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper. For this reason, the islands, together with Tanzania's Mafia Island, are sometimes called the Spice Islands (a term also associated with the Maluku Islands in Indonesia).

Zanzibar's ecology is of note for being the home of the endemic Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkey and the (possibly extinct) Zanzibar Leopard.

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