Mozambique: History

  1. 16th Century

    Portuguese explorers set up mining enterprises and trading posts in present-day Mozambique.

  2. 18th Century

    Mozambique becomes a major slave-trading center.

  3. 1950s-60s

    The colonial economy thrives, attracting thousands of Portuguese settlers to Mozambique.

  4. 1975

    Mozambique becomes independent after a decade-long war of independence against the Portuguese.

  5. 1992

    A 16 year civil war that claimed the lives of 1 million Mozambicans comes to an end with the signing of a peace deal in Rome.

  6. 2003

    Brazil pledges to build a plant in Mozambique that will produce antiretroviral drugs for HIV-AIDS sufferers.

  7. 2007

    China's President Hu Jintao visits Mozambique and promises interest-free loans for agriculture, health, and education.

  8. 2009

    Mozambique receives a $500 million loan from the European Union and Danish and Dutch governments to link coal-mines in northern Moatize to the port of Nacala.


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