Sultan’s Palace, Zanzibar, Exterior


This photograph is from the Frank and Frances Carpenter Collection at the Library of Congress. Frank G. Carpenter (1855–1924) was an American writer of books on travel and world geography, whose works helped to popularize cultural anthropology and geography in the United States in the early years of the 20th century. Consisting of photographs taken and gathered by Carpenter and his daughter Frances (1890–1972) to illustrate his writings, the collection includes an estimated 16,800 photographs and 7,000 glass and film negatives. According to Carpenter's New Geographical Reader: Africa (1924), the “island is governed by a sultan, but is under the protection of Great Britain, and the sultan must do as the British resident commissioner directs. The sultan is an Arab. He is the descendant of chiefs who sailed from Arabia centuries ago and conquered a great part of eastern Africa.”

Last updated: July 8, 2014