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Angoche (Mozambique)

Last modified: 2016-07-02 by bruce berry
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Angoche is located on the Indian Ocean in Nampula Province in northern Mozambique.  It was previously called António Enes until 1976, after the 19th century Portuguese journalist and colonial administrator António José Enes.

The town is an old Muslim trading centre which was founded in the 1490s by refugees from the Kilwa Sultanate and is one of the earliest settlements in Mozambique.  It was an important gold and ivory trading post and posed a serious rival to the Portuguese settlement in Mozambique until the mid-16th century, when Angoche was eclipsed by Quelimane as the main entry port into the interior.  However, the town continued to play an important role in the coastal trade and became an important economic hub in the region with close ties to Mozambique Island (Ilha de Moçambique). 

Although the town was attacked by the Portuguese in the 1860s, effective Portuguese administration was not established until several decades later.  However, this marked the beginning of the decline in Angoche's influence and it never regained its status as a predominant port.
Jens Pattke, 05 May 2016

Angoche flag

The municipal flag of Angoche has a dark yellow field, in the centre of which is placed the municipal coat of arms.  Above the Arms, in a semi-circle, are the words MUNICIPIO DE ANGOCHE in black.
Jens Pattke, 05 May 2016