- Tanga, Tanzania
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subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = Region
government_type = City Council
leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = Salim Kisauji
established_title = Incorporated Town
established_date = 18911
established_title2 = Incorporated City
established_date2 = 1 July 2005
population_as_of = 2002
population_total = 243,580
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timezone = EAT
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area_code = 027
footnotes = 1The Germans designated Tanga into a township after taking control of the coastal area from the
Sultan of Zanzibarin April 1891
Tanga is both the name of the most northerly
seaportcity of Tanzania, and the surrounding Tanga Region. It is the Regional Headquarters of the region.
With a population of 243,580 in 2002, Tanga is one of the largest cities in the country. It is a quiet city compared to, for example,
Arushaor Moshiwith a comparable number of inhabitants.
The city of Tanga sits on the
Indian Ocean, near the border with Kenya. Major exports from the port of Tanga include sisal, coffee, tea, and cotton. Tanga is also an important railroad terminus, connecting much of the northern Tanzanian interior with the sea. Via the Tanzania Railways Corporation's Link Line and Central Line, Tanga is linked to the African Great Lakesregion and the Tanzanian economic capital of Dar es Salaam. The city is served by Tanga Airport.
The harbour and surrounding is the centre of life in Tanga. It is stretched out several km² into the country. It has several markets in several neighbourhoods.
Tanga was chosen in 1889 as a military post of
German East Africa, and became a district office in 1891. The local economy was based on sisal, which had been brought to the colony several years earlier, and population in the area grew rapidly. The town was also established as the terminus of the Usambararailway line, which runs inland to Moshiat the foot of Kilimanjaro.
The name Tanga comes from the word for "farm" or "cultivated land" in several of the local languages (including
Sambaa, Bondei, and Zigua.
As the coastal town closest to
Kenya, Tanga was on the front line at the outset of World War I. A British landing was thrown back on 4 November 1914in the Battle of Tanga, and the town was not taken until 7 July 1916.
Tanga Cement Companyis an important employer, with over 300 people on the payroll. [http://www.simbacement.co.tz/]
Tanga area medical institutions include:
Amani Biomedical Research Laboratory
Bombo Regional Hospital
National Institute of Medical Research Center Tanga
Tanga AIDS Working Group
Nearby tourist attractions include
Amboni Caves, Galanos Hot Springs, Toten Island, Tanga War Graves and Memorials, Tongoni Ruins, Ndumi Village defense works, Mwarongo sand beaches and protected coastal mangroves.
ports and culture
Tanga is represented in the
Tanzanian Premier Leagueby the football club Coastal Union.
* (since 1963)
Toledo, Ohio, USA (since August 28, 2001)
* [http://www.simbacement.co.tz/ Tanga Cement Company home page]
Byron Farwell, "The Great War in Africa, 1914-1918" ( W. W. Norton, 1986)
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