The photos in the slide show below feature images from the capital and largest city of Kenya, Nairobi. Nairobi, founded in 1899 around a railway line constructed by British colonial occupiers, was named after a Maasai water hole known as Enkare Nairobi, meaning “Place of Cool Waters”.
Due to the region’s cool climate and fertile soils, its central location between Mombasa, Kenya and Kampala, Uganda, the large amounts of fresh water provided by the network of rivers that surround it, and the surrounding swampland that protected it from Lions that were known to kill railroad workers, it was a popular area for European occupiers.
Kenya reclaimed its independence in 1963 when Jomo Kenyatta became the independent state’s first Prime Minister. Today Nairobi is the 14th largest city in Africa, with a population of over 3 million people. Considered the “Safari Capital of the World”, Nairobi is home to “thousands of Kenyan businesses and over 100 major international organizations. The Nairobi Stock Exchange is the second oldest stock exchange on the continent and makes over ten million trades a day. Nairobi has quickly become a thriving East African international hub.
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