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History of Marracuene and Macaneta




Maputo Province


Marracuene District

Mozambique - A History
Mozambique is an African country found on the east coast of the continent that has experienced a colourful and often turbulent history since the Portuguese explorer Pedro da Covilha set anchor in the present day city of Beira in 1487. The only country along this coastline to be colonised by the Portuguese, the name Mozambique is thought to have been derived from the name of one of the first Arab traders “Sultan Mussa Ben Mbiki”.

The Country
Mozambique spent almost five centuries as a Portuguese colony, which ended in 1975, although an ongoing civil war, economic dependence on South Africa and crippling drought meant its development was hindered until the mid 1990s.

The ruling party, the Front for the Liberation of Mozambique (Frelimo), officially abandoned Marxism in 1989. After this the party adopted a new constitution in 1990 and opened the way for multiparty elections and a free market economy. While the civil war raged on during