The history of kenya

Here is the history of kenya in brief. You can discover and learn how Kenya came to exist in this African continent.

Also get to know the people who live here and what year it got its idependence.

This is what makes Kenya a beautiful country and one of the best place in Africa that you can visit.

Let us trace and find out how Kenya came to exist.

Pre-colonial history

This is how Kenya came to be occupied. Years back around 2000 BC, Cushitic-speaking people from northern Africa settled in the part of East Africa that is now Kenya.

By the 1st Century AD, the Kenyan coast was frequented by Arab traders, who due to Kenya's proximity to the Arabian Peninsula, established Arab and Persian colonies there.

Also the Nilotic and Bantu people also moved into the region during the first millennium AD. and settled inland.

The Europeans

With time,Kenya got into the mood of Evolving from a mixture of Bantu and Arabic, the Swahili language then developed as a lingua franca for trade between the different peoples.

And all this happened at the coastal region of Kenya.

When the Portuguese arrived in 1498, the Arab dominance on the coast was clipped, as the Port of Mombasa became an important resupply stop for ships bound for the Far East.

The colonial period

The roots of the colonial history of Kenya go back to the Berlin Conference in 1885, when East Africa was first divided into territories of influence by the European powers.

The British Government founded the East African Protectorate in 1895 and soon after, opened the fertile highlands to white settlers.

Even before it was officially declared a British colony in 1920, these settlers were allowed a voice in government, while the Africans and the Asians were banned from direct political participation until 1944

The Portuguese gave way in turn to Islamic control under the Imam of Oman in the 1600s until another European influence came along, this time from the United Kingdom during the 19th century.

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In 1957, the first direct elections for Africans to the Legislative Council took place and those elected increased the people's agitation for Jomo Kenyatta's release from detention. Then afterwards .

In 1962 Kenyatta was released to become Kenya's first Prime Minister, when Kenya finally gained independence on December 12, 1963 and up to date Kenya celebrates this day as a national holiday.

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