Introduction of Nairobi
City and capital of Kenya, East Africa. It was only a waterhole in 1899 when it was founded as a depot on the Mombasa-Lake Victoria-Ugand a railroad line. It became the seat of the British administration in 1907 and was the capital from 1920 to 1963 of Kenya Colony; it then continued as the capital of the independent state. It was incorporated as a city in 1950 and shortly after was the scene of Mau Mau struggles for independence. It is now a city of some 2,750,000 people and the commercial and cultural center of Kenya. The U.S. embassy in Nairobi was bombed in August 1998, by Osama bin Laden's al- Qaeda terrorist group.