Tanzania: History

  1. 1506

    At this time, Portugal controls most of the East African coast, including present-day Tanzania.

  2. 1919

    The League of Nations gives Britain a mandate over Tanganyika, today's mainland Tanzania.

  3. 1961

    Tanganyika becomes independent.

  4. 1963

    Zanzibar, the archipelago part of Tanzania, becomes independent.

  5. 1977

    The Tanganyika African National Union and Zanzibar's Afro-Shirazi Party come together to form the Party of the Revolution, which is declared the only legal party in Tanzania.

  6. 1979

    Tanzanian forces invade Uganda and occupy the capital city of Kampala.

  7. 1992

    The constitution is amended to allow for a multi-party political structure.

  8. 2001

    The presidents of Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya form a regional parliament and court of justice in Arusha to legislate on matters of common interest, such as trade and immigration.

  9. 2006

    Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao signs agreements to support Tanzania's health, transport, and communications sectors.

  10. 2006

    The African Development Bank cancels $640 million in debt owed by Tanzania.

  11. 2010

    Tanzania joins the East African Common Market, which aims to integrate the region's economy.


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