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Title:Memorials more enduring than bronze: J. H. Sinclair and the making of Zanzibar Stone Town
Author:Sinclair, Dean
Periodical:African Geographical Review
Geographic term:Zanzibar
Subjects:urban planning
cultural heritage
colonial period
About person:John Houstan Sinclair
Abstract:Designated as a World Heritage site, the urban landscape of Zanzibar Stone Town represents an amalgam of African, Arab, Indian, and European elements. This field note explores the European element in the urban fabric of Zanzibar, specifically the pivotal role of one colonial official, John Houston Sinclair, in the creation of Zanzibar Stone Town. Sinclair designed numerous structures in Stone Town and beyond during his years in Zanzibar, from 1899 to 1923, and also played a crucial role in the development of a comprehensive plan for the city. In postcolonial Africa, Sinclair's role in the drive to Europeanize the African cityscape raises problematic issues associated with identity, authenticity, landscape valuation, and preservation of Zanzibar. Bibliogr., ref., sum. [Journal abstract]