There is a long history of exploitation of the mangroves of this ecoregion. This goes back at least to the last century when the coastal area of eastern Africa was controlled by Arabic sultans from Zanzibar. Mangrove wood was a prized resource that the sultans harvested and used for building on Zanzibar, and exported to the Middle East. The trade of mangrove timber was taken over by the Germans in 1893, and continues today with larger towns along the coast of East Africa and also with the Middle East.
From album: Zanzibar Tanzania