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In the Middle Ages, Arab traders visited the area; exporting gold
from the great Shona kingdom of Zimbabwe out of present-day Beira, then known as Sofala.
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Countries neighbouring Mozambique are: South
Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania.
Vasco da Gama looked in on Mozambique in 1498, and set the way for
The Portuguese had little interest in the interior, and overpowered
the Arab coastal towns in an attempt to control the profitable trade in gold, ivory, and
This concentration on maritime trade by the Portuguese, and their lack
of thought for the outlying land area is the root of Mozambique's infrastructure problems
today - civil war didn't help either.
Portugal failed with its colonisation incentives to whites, while
compelled labour and austere measures also eroded the indigenous economy and culture.
Frelimo launched a guerrilla campaign against the Portuguese, from
bases in Tanzania, during the 1960's and the country went from
bad to worse.
After Rhodesian independence, South Africa became Renamo's
Only with the collapse of the Soviet bloc and the ending of Apartheid
could Frelimo and Renamo get together to formally end the civil war in 1992.
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Although Mozambique's 2,800-km coastline has several good natural
harbours, the country's internal infrastructure needs enormous improving.
The rail system is really five separate networks connecting the
interior and neighbouring landlocked countries with the ports and coastal towns of Maputo,
Beira, Nacala, Inhambane, and Quelimane.
Many of Mozambique's dirt roads become a sludge in the wet season.
The Tete corridor, connecting Malawi with Zimbabwe through north-western Mozambique, was kept open during
the civil conflict.
The capital of Mozambique is easily reached from Swaziland.
Maputo, formerly called Lorenco Marques (after the Portuguese trader
who visited the region in 1544), was founded in the late 18th century.
The name Maputo was given after independence.
Things To See In Maputo
The Portuguese built a fortress here, in 1787, while Mousinho de
Albuquerque Square is a more modern landmark.
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Hotels in Maputo
Polana Serena Hotel:
Avenida Julius Nyerere 1380, Maputo, Mozambique.
Built in 1922, the magnificent Polana Serena is one of the best places
to stay in Maputo. It's also a great place to meet for a drink and admire the ocean.
Guests at the Polana Serena Hotel
loved the pool, great views and spacious rooms.
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A commonwealth of Portuguese-speaking countries was formed on July
17th, 1996, to preserve the Portuguese language, co-ordinate diplomatic efforts, and
improve co-operation among its members: Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal,
and Sao Tome and Principe.
Teach yourself basic Portuguese before you travel to Mozambique.
Travel Advice for Mozambique
Commission in Maputo:
Av Vladimir I Lenine 310, (CP 55) Maputo.
Italy in Mozambique:
Av. Kenneth Kaunda 387, Maputo, Mozambique.
Embassy of Mozambique in
1990 M St, NW, Suite 570, Washington, DC 20036.
US Embassy in Maputo:
Avenida Kenneth Kaunda 193, Caixa Postal 783, Maputo.
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