East Africa

askari native troops in European service (Swahili for soldier, from Arabic)

barracoon

enclosure or barracks used to temporally confine slaves (Spanish barracón, augmentative of barraca hut, from Catalan)

boma

stronghold or fort

bundu the bush, wild country

bwana

master or boss (Swahili, from Arabic abuna our father)

courbash buffalo hide whip
hongo toll paid to natives for permission to pass through their territory

jambo

hello (Swahili)

juju Magic, a fetish, charm, or amulet of West African peoples (akin to Hausa jųju fetish)

mambo

king (Shona from Mawali)

Negus title of the emperor of Ethiopia
palaver a long parley usually between leaders or persons of different cultures (Portuguese palavra word, speech)

ruga ruga

vicious mercenary bands consisting of native refugees, adventurers, and runaways

safari a hunting expedition (Arabic safariy,of a trip)
Schutztruppen German soldiers in Africa (literally, protection force)

Swahili

East and Central African trade language with much Arabic influence (Arabic sawahil, plural of sahil coast) AKA kiSwahili

toto servant or "boy" (Swahili toto)
Wa-Bangi Hashish smoking pagans of central Africa. Literally, "the people of bhang (hashish)".

zanj

Africans (Arabic)

Zanzibar

Island nation of traders and slavers (Arabic zanj-bar coast of the Africans)

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