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Notes on the Geography of Mozambique: Ihla de Mozambique: Photo 29

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While we're here, we can look southeasterly over the stone town, mostly of coral or limestone blocks. Over the centuries, the island's economy waxed and waned. A peak came with the Brazilian slave trade in the 18th century. Hoping to stimulate growth further, Lisbon's famous Marquês de Pombal in 1752 freed the island from Goa, which had ruled it for two centuries. A local administration was organized, and settlement rules were changed to allow all Christians to live on the island, regardless of nationality. Hard times came again with the abolition of slavery: the last ship for Brazil left in 1831.

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