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Lindi Municipality is one of the oldest towns in Tanzania. It was established in 11th Century by the Arab traders. In the wake of British colonization, Indian traders settled in most of the East Africa urban centre including Lindi. This name means “Deep Channel”, was founded in the 1700s as a port for shipping slaves and ivory. Caravans from Lake Nyasa terminated here. Until the 1950s, Lindi was the comfortable home of a thriving ex-patriot community, beginning with the Arabs in the 18th century and followed by peoples from the Indian sub-continent, then the Germans, then the British. During the first half of the 20th century, many attractive houses and buildings were constructed overlooking the beautiful Lindi Bay.
Lindi lies at the mouth of Lukuledi River, surrounded by hills and looking out to the warm Indian Ocean. Mtwara has replaced Lindi as the most important port and market town on the south coast, but the town is still an enjoyable place to visit. Although little English is spoken, the people are very friendly and willingly to help in any way they can.
Lindi Municipality served as the administrative centre of the southern province until 1952 when the functions were moved to Mtwara. The shift was primarily due to more favorable harbor condition and potentially richer hinter-land in Mtwara. The consequence of the shift was less development and slower population growth in Lindi. In 1971 Lindi gained the status of a regional centre for administration services and commerce, therefore a growth pole for the region. Apart from the fact that a region administration was established, it made no great difference in socio-economic development.
In 1972 the Government embarked on a policy of decentralization. This lead to the abolition of urban councils and emphasized rural development, as a result urban infrastructure and development further deteriorated. Having realized this deterioration, the Government re-instated the urban council in. In general, during colonial period, Lindi region belonged to the southern province together with Mtwara and Ruvuma. After independence, the provinces were abolished and instead small administrative regions were formed. Lindi and Mtwara constituted one administrative region until 1971 when Lindi was declared as a separate administrative region from Mtwara.