East Africa Historical Landmarks

East Africa Historical Landmarks
The New Oxford English Dictionary defines "East Africa" as specifically referring to the countries of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania on the eastern edge of the continent. Because all three nations endured long occupations by Europeans, many of the historical landmarks are of both native and European derivation.

The State House in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania

Presently the home of the president of Tanzania, the State House served as the governor's residence during the period when the country was a German protectorate. It stands on government grounds off Ocean Road, facing the ocean.
Originally the building had tall arches, cast-iron columns supporting the roof and a veranda on the second level. During World War I, the British severely damaged the building, but it was rebuilt in 1922. Since it now functions as a private residence, the State House isn't open to the public, but you can pass by and see it from a distance; it's located on public lands bounded by Ocean Road on the east, Magogon Street on the south, and Luthuli Road on the north-northeast in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

Tombs of Baganda Kings at Kasubi, Uganda

These tombs are the final resting place of four kings (Kabaka) of the Baganda people. Muteesa I, the thirty-fifth ancestral king of the tribe (1835-1884), is the first known to be buried here; the others are Mwanga II (1867-1903), Daydu Cgwa II (1896-1939) and Muteesa II (1924-1969).
The four royal tombs are within the main circular building, which is made from reeds, wood, thatch, wattle and daub. The adjoining land is still under cultivation by traditional methods. The entire site serves as a living reminder of the way the Baganda people have lived on the land for generations.
Kasubi Tombs
Kampala-Hoima Rd., 5 km from Kampala city center
Kampala, Uganda

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Karen Blixen Museum, Nairobi, Kenya

Known to the world as the writer Isak Dinesen, Karen Blixen left her home in Denmark to grow coffee with her husband, the Baron Bror Blixen, outside Nairobi in Kenya in 1913. In 1917, the pair moved into M'Bogani House at the foot of the Ngong Hills. This building became the headquarters of the Karen Coffee Company, which Blixen ran, for the most part by herself, until 1931, when the company failed and she returned to Denmark.
Blixen didn't begin writing in earnest until after she arrived back in Denmark, but she soon made up for lost time. She published "Seven Gothic Tales" under her pen name Isak Dinesen in 1934, and followed it up with her landmark memoir about her life in Kenya, "Out of Africa," in 1937. Blixen continued to write and publish until her death in 1962.
In 1985, Sydney Pollack directed a highly successful film version of "Out of Africa," staring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford and financed by Universal Films. A donation from Universal funded restoration of M'Bogani House, now the main building of the Karen Blixen Museum in Nairobi. The farmhouse, a separate kitchen building, and a coffee-drying plant on 36 acres make up the museum property. The house is furnished with furniture, household items, and photographs that belonged to Karen and Bror Blixen.
The Karen Blixen Museum
P.O. Box 40658
Nairobi, Kenya
011 (+254) 2 882779 (note that if you're dialing from somewhere other than the United States or Canada, the international dialing code is 00, not 011)

Article Written By Cheyenne Cartwright

Cheyenne Cartwright has worked in publishing for more than 25 years. She has served as an editor for several large nonprofit institutions, and her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including "Professional Bull Rider Magazine." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Oklahoma Christian University and a Master of Arts in English from the University of Tulsa.

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