The town's name means "Arabian Shore" in swahili, a name which probably dates from the black-market slavery days of the 1840s to 1880s. The shoreline here contains numerous caves, some of which were used for holding slaves at that time. Among the caves is a popular attraction, the Coral Cavern, which is located two kilometres south of the town.
- More specifically, the word "manga" refers to Muscat (Omani) arabs; arabs born in Zanzibar are called mwarabu. See W.H. Ingrams, Zanzibar, Its History and Its People p. 205, 
- Finke, J. (2006) The Rough Guide to Zanzibar (2nd edition). New York: Rough Guides.
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