Moçambique Island as a Way-Station for Portuguese East-Indiamen

By C.R. Boxer, published February 1962


Despite its unhealthy climate, for three centuries the Island of Moçambique on the south-east coast of Africa was a customary point of call for Portuguese trading ships making the voyage to Goa in India. Although there was an alternative shorter route east of Madagascar, many ships called at Moçambique Island for supplies, and some overwintered there if they arrived late in the season. The Portuguese government recognized the station’s unhealthiness and established a hospital, but crew mortality continued to be high, largely as a result of overcrowding and inadequate rations on the voyage.

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Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Logistics | Merchant Marines

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