Definition of Mozambique in US English:


proper noun

  • A country on the eastern coast of southern Africa; population 28,000,000 (estimated 2015); capital, Maputo; languages, Portuguese (official) and Bantu languages.

    First visited by Vasco da Gama, Mozambique was colonized by the Portuguese in the early 16th century and became a center of the slave trade in the 17th and 18th centuries. It became an independent republic in 1975, after a ten-year armed struggle by the Frelimo liberation movement; civil war between the Frelimo government and the Renamo opposition followed until a peace agreement was signed in 1992