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Marracuene District

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Marracuene District

Marracuene District is a district of Maputo Province in southern Mozambique. The principal town is Marracuene. The Incomati River flows through the district.

Marracuene, then known as Vila Luísa, served as a popular tourist destination in Mozambique's colonial era thanks to a 21-mile beach on the Indian Ocean; the town also served as a key link in the Lourenço Marques Railway System.

On February 2, 1895, Marracuene was the site of a decisive battle between Portuguese commander António José Enes and Ronga emperor Gungunyane; the Portuguese defeated the Ronga forces by means of repeating rifles and a machine gun.


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  • Wheeler, Douglas L. "Gungunyane the Negotiator: A Study in African Diplomacy." The Journal of African History 9.4 (1968): 585-602.

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Coordinates: 25°44′S 32°41′E / 25.733°S 32.683°E / -25.733; 32.683

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