- a seaport in and the capital of Mozambique, on Delagoa Bay.
Formerly Lourenço Marques.
[moh-zam-beek, -zuh m-]
- Formerly Portuguese East Africa. a republic in SE Africa: formerly an overseas province of Portugal; gained independence in 1975. 297,731 sq. mi. (771,123 sq. km). Capital: Maputo.
- a seaport on an island just off the NE coast of this republic.
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- the capital and chief port of Mozambique, in the south on Delagoa Bay: became capital in 1907; the nearest port to the Rand gold-mining and industrial region of South Africa. Pop: 1 316 000 (2005 est)Former name (until 1975): Lourenço Marques
- a republic in SE Africa: colonized by the Portuguese from 1505 onwards and a slave-trade centre until 1878; made an overseas province of Portugal in 1951; became an independent republic in 1975; became a member of the Commonwealth in 1995. Official language: Portuguese. Religion: animist majority. Currency: metical. Capital: Maputo. Pop: 24 096 669 (2013 est). Area: 812 379 sq km (313 661 sq miles)Portuguese name: Moçambique Also called (until 1975): Portuguese East Africa
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