Maputo, Mozambique

Capital located on Delagoa Bay (an arm of the Indian Ocean).

Maputo's protected deepwater harbor serves as Mozambique's main port and as an important outlet for the landlocked countries of Zambia (Lusaka) and Zimbabwe (Harare).   (United Nations)

The jacaranda, flame tree and palm-lined avenidas with their numerous street cafes have a relaxed, hassle-free, Africa-meets-Mediterranean atmosphere that is distinctively Mozambican.

Maputo lends itself to casual exploration on foot, with several interesting colonial buildings and a buzzing street life.

An old Portuguese fortress (1787) and the ultramodern Mousinho de Albuquerque Square are major landmarks. Tourists are attracted by the fine sand beaches here.

With its wide avenidas and engaging Mediterranean atmosphere, Maputo may come as something of a surprise to anybody expecting a city ravaged by civil war. The first impression of Maputo is that it is just about the cleanest African capital, remarkably smart and well-maintained, with a practically constant supply of electricity, brightly lit pavements and traffic lights that work, freshly painted buildings and weel-maintained surfaced roads - not to mention some of the most orderly drivers on the continent.

Exports include cotton, coal, sugar, sisal, and processed food.

The city's manufactures include refined petroleum, building materials, clothing, footwear, and food products. - Bank :

Maputo replaced Moçambique as the colonial capital of Portuguese East Africa in 1907 and continued as capital when the country achieved independence in 1975. Today it's the largest city of Mozambique. Population (1991 estimate) 1,098,000.

In the city are Eduardo Mondlane University (1962), the Museum of Natural History, and the National Library.

Maputo was founded in the late 18th century in a region visited (1544) by the Portuguese trader Lourenço Marques for whom it was named until the present name was adopted in 1976.

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