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A prazo was a large estate leased to colonists, settlers and traders in Portuguese Africa to exploit the continent's resources. Prazos operated like a semi-feudal system and were most commonly found in the Zambezi River valley.[1] The prazo system fused traditions from Portugal and the Americas, like emphyteusis, to form a unique synthesis.


  1. ^ Andreas Eckert, Ingeborg Grau and Arno Sonderegger, Afrika 1500–1900. Geschichte und Gesellschaft, Vienna, 2010.

Further reading[edit]

  • Isaacman, Allen F. Mozambique: The Africanization of a European Institution—The Zambesi Prazos, 1750–1902. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1972.
  • Newitt, Malyn D. D. Portuguese Settlement on the Zambesi: Exploration, Land Tenure and Colonial Rule in East Africa. New York: Africana, 1973.
  • Newitt, Malyn D. D. "The Portuguese on the Zambezi: An Historical Interpretation of the Prazo System". The Journal of African History 10, 1 (1969): 67–85.