Mozambique Island

Photos taken by David Stanley on Mozambique Island, the capital of Portuguese East Africa for almost 500 years.
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This neoclassical hospital building (1877) on Mozambique Island dates from Portuguese colonial times. It was once the largest hospital south of the Sahara.

This neoclassical hospital building on Mozambique Island dates from Portuguese colonial times. It was once the largest hospital south of the Sahara.

A 3.4-kilometer bridge built in the 1960s connects Mozambique Island to Lumbo on the African mainland.

A bridge built in the connects Mozambique Island to Lumbo on the African mainland.

The old Portuguese Tribunal still serves as a courthouse on Mozambique Island.

The old Portuguese Tribunal still serves as a courthouse on Mozambique Island.

The Portuguese defenders of Fortaleza de São Sebastião on Mozambique Island withstood Dutch attacks in 1607 and 1608.

The Portuguese defenders of Fortaleza de São Sebastião on Mozambique Island withstood Dutch attacks in 1607 and 1608.

Access to the 16th century Fortaleza de São Sebastião on Mozambique Island is through this entrance.

Access to the century Fortaleza de São Sebastião on Mozambique Island is through this entrance.

Women in many areas along the southwest Indian Ocean apply a beauty mask of coral and sandalwood paste to protect their faces from the sun. These women were on Mozambique Island.

Women in many areas along the southwest Indian Ocean apply a beauty mask of coral and sandalwood paste to protect their faces from the sun. These women were on Mozambique Island.

Local children having fun on the beach at Mozambique Island.

Local children having fun on the beach at Mozambique Island.

The protected harbour beach at Mozambique Island is a popular place in the afternoon.

The protected harbour beach at Mozambique Island is a popular place in the afternoon.

Colonial buildings still occupy much of the northern half of Mozambique Island.

Colonial buildings still occupy much of the northern half of Mozambique Island.

A section of Avenida Amilcar Cabral on Mozambique Island is a pedestrian promenade.

A section of Avenida Amilcar Cabral on Mozambique Island is a pedestrian promenade.

Avenida 25 de Junho is the main street of southern Mozambique Island.

Avenida 25 de Junho is the main street of southern Mozambique Island.

The triangular Ilhéu Fortim de São Lourenço sits on a tiny island off the south end of Mozambique Island.

The triangular Ilhéu Fortim de São Lourenço sits on a tiny island off the south end of Mozambique Island.

An image of the Virgin stands above the tomb of Joao Albuquerque Amaral (1907-1958) outside the Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Saúde at the southwest end of Mozambique Island.

An image of the Virgin stands above the tomb of Joao Albuquerque Amaral outside the Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Saúde at the southwest end of Mozambique Island.

The colonial era Fortim Igreja de Santo Antonio on Mozambique Island overlooks Mozambique Channel.

The colonial era Fortim Igreja de Santo Antonio on Mozambique Island overlooks Mozambique Channel.

Thatched houses are the norm in Makuti Town in the southern part of Mozambique Island. Much of the population earns its livelihood from fishing.

Thatched houses are the norm in Makuti Town in the southern part of Mozambique Island. Much of the population earns its livelihood from fishing.

Banyan trees fill a park on Mozambique Island.

Banyan trees fill a park on Mozambique Island.

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