Arab Uprising in German East Africa 1888-1890

(Bushiri's Uprising)

[ 1888 - 1890 ]

German forces defeated an Arab rising in East Africa (1888-1890).


Bushiri bin Salim (d. 1889) incited an uprising of coastal Arab slave traders against harsh German colonizers in German East Africa (now part of Tanzania). Hermann von Wissmann (1853-1905), a noted African explorer was appointed German commissioner of East Africa in 1888 and order to put down the uprising. In early 1889, he arrived on the German East African coast with 600 Sudanese troops and proceeded to engage the rebel Arabs in skirmishes throughout the year. In December 1889, Wissmann's forces stormed and took Bagamoyo, a rebel stronghold, and Bushiri was captured and hung. While Wissmann was reestablishing order on land, the Germans, joined by the British, carried out a blockade of the coast, preventing the export of slaves and the import of weapons by the Arabs. By 1890, Wissmann had completely suppressed the rebels.

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