Friday 7 June 2024


Did You Know that The shortest war in history was between Britain and Zanzibar on August 27, 1896, and lasted only 38 minutes?

Zanzibar, an archipelago located in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Tanzania in East Africa, has a rich and complex history. In the late 19th century, Zanzibar was a strategically important location, controlled by the Sultan of Zanzibar. However, European powers, particularly Britain and Germany, were vying for influence in the region.

Tensions escalated when Britain demanded that Zanzibar install a pro-British ruler, which was rejected by the Zanzibari government. This led to the outbreak of war on August 27, 1896. British warships bombarded Zanzibar, and the Zanzibari forces surrendered after just 12 minutes. The remaining 26 minutes were spent on ceasefire negotiations.

The war marked the beginning of British colonial rule in Zanzibar, which lasted until 1963 when the archipelago gained its independence. Zanzibar later merged with Tanganyika to form the United Republic of Tanzania. The shortest war in history was a significant event in Zanzibar's history, shaping the island's political and cultural landscape.

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