Unyamwezi


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Unyamwezi

 

the central part of the East African Plateau, located south of Lake Victoria in Tanzania. The predominant elevations range from 1,100 to 1,400 m. Unyamwezi forms a watershed among the basins of the Nile, Congo, and Rufiji rivers and the closed lakes Rukwa and Eyasi. Vegetation is represented primarily by the dry deciduous thin tropical forests known as miombos.

References in classic literature ?
She passed the village of Uyofu, the last northern limit of the Unyamwezi, opposite to the Lake Ukereoue, which could still be seen.
Consequently, although scholars, like Frederick Cooper, Plantation Slavery in East Africa (1977) and Abdul Sheriff, Slaves, Spices and Ivory in Zanzibar (1987) have previously focused upon Zanzibar as the major slave market in East Africa, other centers, like the cultural and geographic zone of Unyamwezi in Tanzania, were equally important.
As previously noted, Jan-Georg Deutsch's 2nd chapter on the slave trade in Tanganyika emphasizes the importance of Unyamwezi to the East African Slave trade, particularly in the second half of the 19th century.
To ensure that agricultural production continued at a rate necessary to feed the population, Unyamwezi became an importer of slaves.
For instance, in the area around Mgongo Tembo, Stanley describes the seemingly endless forests of Unyamwezi as sublime in their repetitious monotony.