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Title:A disappointing outpost of the Portuguese empire: Sofala revisited
Author:Waters, Jonathan
Year:2008
Periodical:Heritage of Zimbabwe (ISSN 0556-9605)
Issue:27
Pages:89-102
Language:English
Notes:ills., maps
Geographic terms:Mozambique
East Africa
Subjects:mercantile history
history
ports
1600-1699
History, Archaeology
Mozambique--History
Nova Sofala (Mozambique)--History
Abstract:In 1968 R.W. Dickinson wrote up his last account of Sofala (Mozambique) to be published in 'Rhodesiana'. Although, today, Sofala is but a pile of rather large rocks, 16th-century Sofala and its visitors were to produce the most comprehensive reports of life during this period as well as of Portuguese explorations of the interior of present-day Zimbabwe. Based on various historical as well as contemporary sources, the present author updates the state of the site of this old trading port and focal point for the Portuguese empire in southeastern Africa, following a visit to Sofala in 2008. Bibliogr., ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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