- "The Tio never developed a monumental architecture, not because they were not able to, but because they were not interested." –Jan Vansina
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Tag Archives: coca-cola
Remember those stories about Coca–Cola? How it was banned in Portugal until the 1970s, but freely available in Mozambique? Well, it turns out that Coke wasn’t contraband smuggled into Mozambique from neighboring South Africa, as I suggested. According to an … Continue reading
This photo of Rosa Candla’s wedding day celebration is great in itself (even if the photo of the photo is not), but for those of you who have been reading about Coca-Cola’s special place in the histories of Mozambique and … Continue reading
In 1958, Portuguese Air Force General Humberto Delgado was called “General Without Fear” because he had the audacity to seriously contest a presidential election that wasn’t supposed to be a contest. Losing to Salazar’s preferred candidate in an election widely … Continue reading
On a previous trip to Lisbon I interviewed someone who had been a mid-level government official in Lourenço Marques (now Maputo) during most of the last decade of Portuguese rule. Portugal’s African colonies had once been malarial dumping grounds for … Continue reading