Manbasa, Mombaz, Mvita? It’s a mix of histories for coast city

PHOTO | FILE The first recorded mention of Mombasa is in the works of Diogenes, a Greek merchant of the First Century.

What you need to know:

  • Most European travellers referred to the town as “Mombaz” or close forms of the word

As the country’s oldest city and its most important port, Mombasa holds a central place in Kenya’s story.

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