ILHA MOZAMBIQUE, MOZAMBIQUE
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Ilha Mozambique, or the Island of Mozambique, is a calcareous coral reef that lies in the Indian Ocean some 4 km from the mainland of northern Mozambique. A bridge built in the 1960s joins the island to the mainland. The island forms an archipelago with the two small uninhabited islands of Goa and Sena.
"The island communities are intimately associated with the history of navigation in the Indian Ocean as the island played a unique role in intercontinental trading links from the 10th century. Its international historic importance relates to the development and establishment of Portuguese maritime routes between Western Europe and the Indian subcontinent."
"The stone and lime town, with its administrative and commercial properties, was the first seat of the Portuguese colonial government that lasted from 1507 to 1898. Thereafter the capital was transferred to Lourenço Marques now Maputo." (text in italics quoted from UNESCO's statement of outstanding universal value)
With its rich history and sandy beaches, Ilha Mozambique is one of Mozambique's fastest growing tourist destinations.