Mombasa[mäm bä′sə, -bas′ə]
seaport on the SE coast of Kenya, partly on an offshore island: pop. 462,000
A city of southeast Kenya mainly on Mombasa Island, in the Indian Ocean north of Zanzibar. Visited by Vasco da Gama on his first voyage to India (1498), the island-city was ruled successively by Portugal, Oman, Zanzibar, and Great Britain until the early 1900s.