Old layout of Zanzibar Stonetown and the Creek
The layout of Zanzibar Stone-town changed over time. Of particular interest is the Creek that largely separates Stone-town from the rest of the island during high tide (apart form a narrow land-stroke) During low tide it falls largely dry and people could cross it at a couple of points. The narrow land-stroke that connects stone with the rest of the island originally contained many graves. On the previous 1875 photo the old creek is visible in the distance.
The attached map by Guillain shows the creek as it was in 1846. During the 20th century the Creek area was largely used for building activities. In the slide-show you also find a sketch of the complete island according to a guide from 1939.