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Timbuktu. Bora-Bora. Darjeeling. Kathmandu. Zanzibar.

I’ve been intrigued by these places my whole life, even though I didn’t know anything about them beyond their melodious and exotic-sounding names.

Home to humans for more than 20,000 years, Zanzibar was ruled by the British and Portuguese from 1498 until 1964. The Zanzibari had finally had enough of outsiders taking their spices and other exports, not to mention a long history of enslavement, so they staged a successful revolution in 1964 that earned them status as an…