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- staisilLv 79 years agoFavorite Answer
Nairobi was founded in 1899 as a supply depot for the Uganda Railway which was being constructed between Mombasa and Uganda. It was totally rebuilt in the early 1900s after an outbreak of plague and the burning of the original town. Thereafter the settlement continued to grow, becoming the capital of the British East African Protectorate in 1907 and the capital of the newly independent Kenya in 1963.
- BilboLv 79 years ago
A patch of marsh along the railway line from Mombasa to Kampala (now in Uganda) it was a convenient (geographicaly if for no other reason) location for British East Africa to establish its administrative capital - and it had plenty of water sources. It thus grew from a railway town into the largest conurbation in the region. It became the capital of Kenya at Independence in 1963.