Mozambique

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18 - 19TH CENTURY

1800 - 1900

Mozambique become a major slave-trading center

SLAVE TRADE BANNED

1807

1842

1842

Portugal outlaws slave trade from Mozambique, but secret trades continue for decades

1891

1891

Portugal and Britain define Mozambique's western and southern borders

1902

1902

Capital of Mozambique is named Lourenco Marques

1932

1932

Portugal breaks up trading companies and imposes direct rule over country

1974

1974

Portugal and Frelimo sign Lusaka Accord; traditional government is established

INDEPENDENCE

1975

1975

1975

Mozambique becomes independent. Frelimo rules under single-party system with leader Samora Machel as President

1976

1976

Capital of Mozambique is re-named Maputo

1986

1986

President Machel is killed in an air crash. Joaquin Chissano becomes President

1992

1992

President Chissano and Renamo leader Afonso Dhaklama sign peace deal in Rome.

1995

1995

Mozambique becomes Commonwealth member.

FEBRUARY - 2000

2000

Devastating flood sweeps through south of country. Tens of thousands are forced to flee leaving a trail of destruction.

NOVEMBER - 2003

2003

Brazil promises to build plant in Mozambique to produce anti-retro viral drugs for HIV and Aids sufferers

JULY - 2006

2006

The World Bank cancels most of Mozambique's debt under a plan promoted by the G8 nations

APRIL - 2012

2012

Portugal gives up it's remaining stake in the Cahora Bassa hydro-electric scheme, ending a long - running dispute