Ibo (Mozambique)

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Ilha do Ibo-sunset-02.jpg
Sunset on the beach at Ilha do Ibo
Coordinates12°21′S 40°38′E / 12.350°S 40.633°E / -12.350; 40.633Coordinates: 12°21′S 40°38′E / 12.350°S 40.633°E / -12.350; 40.633
ArchipelagoQuirimbas Islands
Adjacent bodies of waterIndian Ocean
ProvinceCabo Delgado
Boat at Ilha do Ibo

Ibo is one of the Quirimbas Islands in the Indian Ocean off northern Mozambique. It is part of Cabo Delgado Province. It grew as a Muslim trading port. Vasco da Gama reportedly rested on the island in 1502. The island was fortified in 1609 by the Portuguese.

In the late eighteenth century, Portuguese colonialists built the Fort of São João, which still survives, and the town, as a slave port, became the second most important in the region after Mozambique Island. The island is now a far quieter place, known for its silversmiths.

Ibo forms part of the Quirimbas National Park and is linked by dhows to the mainland at Tandanhangue.

In April 2019, Cyclone Kenneth hit the island and it was reported that 90% of the homes were destroyed.

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