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Mombasa

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Mombasa (/mɒmˈbæsə/ mom-BASS; also US: /-ˈbɑːsə/ -BAH-sə) is a coastal city in southeastern Kenya along the Indian Ocean. It was the first capital of British East Africa, before Nairobi was elevated to capital status in 1907. It now serves as the capital of Mombasa County. The town is known as "the white and blue city" in Kenya.[citation needed] It is the country's oldest (c. 900 A.D.) and second-largest city[3] after Nairobi, with a population of about 1,208,333 people according to the 2019 census.[1] Its metropolitan region is the second-largest in the country, and has a population of 3,528,940 people.[1]

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Clockwise from top: Mombasa Island, Rooftop restaurant near KPLC offices, a roundabout at Moi Avenue, Sunset in the CBD.
Nicknames: 
  • Mombao
  • The blue and white city
  • Second City
  • Gateway of East Africa
  • The old capital
Mombasa is located in Kenya
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Mombasa
Location within Kenya
Mombasa is located in Horn of Africa
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Mombasa
Location within the Horn of Africa
Mombasa is located in Africa
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Mombasa
Location within Africa
Coordinates: 4°03′S 39°40′E
CountryFlag_of_Kenya.svg Kenya
CountyMombasa County
Founded900 A.D.
Government
  TypeCounty Government
  BodyCounty Assembly
  GovernorAbdulswamad Shariff Nassir
Area
  Land219.9 km2 (84.9 sq mi)
Elevation
50 m (160 ft)
Population
 (2019)
  Urban
1,208,333[1]
  Metro
3,528,940
Demonymmombasanese
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)
Area code020
GDP (2018)US$7.2 billion (Mombasa Metro GDP) [2]
Websitemombasa.go.ke
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Mombasa's location on the Indian Ocean made it a historical trading centre,[4] and it has been controlled by many countries because of its strategic location. Kenyan school history books place the founding of Mombasa as 900 A.D.[5] It must have been already a prosperous trading town in the 12th century, as the Arab geographer al-Idrisi mentions it in 1151. It came under the exploration and later control of the Omani Empire around the 14th and 15th centuries. The oldest stone mosque in Mombasa, Mnara, was built c. 1300. The Mandhry Mosque, built in 1570, has a minaret that contains a regionally specific ogee arch.

In the late pre-colonial period, it was the metropolis of a plantation society, which became dependent on slave labour based around the ivory trade. Throughout the early modern period, Mombasa was a key node in the complex and far reaching Indian Ocean trading networks. Its key exports then were ivory, millet, sesamum and coconuts.

Today, Mombasa is a tourism-based town, home to one of the state houses, with an extra-large port and an international airport.

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