An island off the coast of East Africa, part of Tanzania; population 1,207,500 (est. 2009, with Pemba). Under Arab rule from the 17th century, Zanzibar was a prosperous trading port. It became a British protectorate in 1890 and an independent Commonwealth state in 1963, but in the following year the sultan was overthrown and the country became a republic, uniting with Tanganyika to form Tanzania.
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- The island's chef cooks up Zanzibari, African, Indian, and Middle Eastern cuisine, all made from local produce and seafood.
- A left wing coup by black Zanzibaris overthrew the Arab dominated government that had been in power since 1963.
- There are also a small number of Muslims, who were converted by the influence of Zanzibari slave traders in the 1870s.
Definition of Zanzibar in:
- The US English dictionary