- Lourenço Marques
Lourenço Marques was a
16th centuryPortuguese trader.
He explored the area that is now
Maputo Bayin 1544. He settled permanently in present-day Mozambique, where he spent most of his life with his black wife and mixed-race children. By order of King John III the bay was named Baia de Lourenço Marques in his honor, although this name was never in common use.
Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique, was named after him before Mozambique became independent from Portugal in 1975; it got its present name on 3 February 1976. It was the seat of the governor-generalof Portuguese East Africaand gave its name to one of the six districts into which that colonial province was divided.
ources and references
*Harm J. De Blij, "The Functional Structure and Central Business District of Lourenco Marques, Mocambique", "Economic Geography", Vol. 38, No. 1, pp. 56-77.
* [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12311a.htm Catholic Encyclopaedia]
* [http://www.worldstatesmen.org/Mozambique.htm WorldStatesmen- Mozambique]
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