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M'Simbati (1959-1961) (Tanzania)

Self proclaimed "sultanante"

Last modified: 2003-02-22 by jarig bakker
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M'Simbati "sultanate" flag

[M'Simbati sulatanate flag according to photo] by Jarig Bakker, 6 Feb 2003

M'Simbati is an island or peninsula in Southeast Tanzania. In 1959 Mr. Latham Leslie-Moore, a retired civil servant, declared the secession of the "Sultanate of M'Simbati" from the then colony of Tanganyika. He designed a flag for this "Sultanate", which was flying over his house, until the "secession" was suppressed in 1962 by Tanzanian government troops.
There is a black and white photograph of the flag on p. 80 of the article "The White Sultan" by Charles Miller which appeared in the Saturday Evening Post on 20 April 1963.
See: Article in The Flag Bulletin, No. 204 (2002) by Dr. Whitney Smith.
Chrystian Kretowicz, 6 Feb 2003

I checked my notes and I'm sure that I made a mistake reversing the colours. The version above is the correct one. Accordingly the image at <> is incorrect.
Jaume Ollé, 17 Feb 2003