Lourenço Marques (explorer)
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Lourenço Marques was a 16th-century Portuguese trader and explorer.
By order of King John III, Maputo Bay was named Baía de Lourenço Marques in his honour, but this name was never in common use among the foreign community.
Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique, was named after Marques before the Overseas Province of Mozambique became independent from Portugal in 1975; it got its present name on 3 February 1976. It was the seat of the governor-general of Portuguese East Africa and gave its name to one of the six districts into which the province was divided.
References and sources
- Harm J. De Blij, The Functional Structure and Central Business District of Lourenço Marques, Mocambique, Economic Geography, Vol. 38, No. 1, pp. 56–77.
- Catholic Encyclopaedia
- WorldStatesmen- Mozambique
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