Garissa History

Garissa History

Garissa County is one of the 47 counties in Kenya and is located in the northeastern part of the country. It covers an area of approximately 44,175 square kilometers and is named after its capital city, Garissa. The county is mainly inhabited by the Somali ethnic community and has a predominantly Muslim population.

Here is a timeline of key historical events in Garissa County:

Pre-Colonial Period: The region that is now Garissa County has a rich history, with indigenous Somali communities and traditional trade routes. It was known for its nomadic pastoralist culture and trade with the coast and interior regions of Kenya.

Colonial Era: Garissa and the surrounding areas were under British colonial rule in the early 20th century. The British established a military post in Garissa due to its strategic location and access to water from the Tana River.

Independence: Kenya gained independence from British colonial rule in 1963. Garissa County became part of the newly formed Kenyan state.

Development and Challenges: In the post-independence period, Garissa County faced developmental challenges, including infrastructure, education, and healthcare. The region’s arid and semi-arid climate also presented difficulties for agriculture and water resources.

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