Germany has had very interesting relations with Zanzibar. They were here on commercial terms and with counselor representation before the Berlin Conference and occupation of Tanganyika.
Almost all of their explorers took off for the interior Africa using Zanzibar as their launch pad and at least one forget the issue of Heligoland Island that put the two sides on an international level when the Sultanate was in control of the whole East African Coastal strip.
In 1890,German and Great Britain concluded the treaty of Helgoland-Zanzibar, which settled many of their numerous and complex colonial issues in Africa. The territorial exchange of British-held Helgoland and Germany held Zanzibar, which was part of this agreement, had a major impact in its finalization. Indeed, without the Helgoland-Zanzibar swap, such a treaty most likely would never have occurred. Many hoped that the Helgoland-Zanzibar friendship and perhaps, lead to a formal alliance.
Hence, during the 1880,the seemingly unrelated questing of a North Sea island and imperialist jostling in East Africa played a significant role in Anglo-German relations.
The Anglo-German agreement enabled German to control the Caprivi Strip(the strip of territory that connected South West Africa under the Germans to River Zambezi),the strategically placed North Sea Heligoland island and German East Africa’s heartland.
In return, Germans gave Britain control of Sultanate of Witu land (German: Deutsch-Witu situated along the coast of Kenya) and sections of East Africa crucial to the British building of railway line to lake victoria, as well as as a promise not to tamper with British actions in relation to the independent Zanzibari Sultanate(i.e Pemba and Unguja).
The Konigsberg War Vessel left Dar-es-Salaam, German East Africa on 31 July 1914,tracked by a combination of three British warships. No contact was made with the Konigsberg until 20 September 1914,when the Admiralty received a telegram from Zanzibar at 7:30 a.m: Konigsberg reported not damaged, Pegasus sunk.
The Pegasus had been in Zanzibar harbor to repair engines and for cleaning down, when the Konigsberg carried out the surprise attack. The Pegasus returned fire but fells short and was severely damaged within several minutes.
Also, German soldiers are buried here after their war vessel Konigsberg sunk in our territorial water. In all humility they are our family after a German businessman eloped with Seyyida Salme, a princess, and hence out is our royal blood.
This occurs due to living in the neighboring house at the Sultanate palace, German Business makes good friendship with his brothers and give a good window to start romantic with Princess Salme.
At 4:00 A.M, Princess Salme goes outside in order to meet with her lover in order to escape through the sea line at Malindi Port with unrecognized clothes and a good strategic plan with German Business.
The journey starts from Zanzibar island with local boat to go to Tanganyika in order to travel with a special yacht to go German.
When Sayyida Salme reach German, she was converted from Islam religion to Christianity in order to fulfill her lover’s wishes to start a family, she lives in Germany up to death and her brothers request her body in order to be buried in Zanzibar and finally success through German Embassy in Zanzibar.
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