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Districto de Quelimane. Relatorio do Governador, 1907 a 1909.

MOZAMBIQUE. Lupi, Eduardo do Couto].

Published by Lourenço Marques, Imprensa Nacional, 1909., 1909
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Large 8°, original printed wrappers (lower wrapper detached, small tag at top of spine). Light foxing on map. In good condition. 305, ii pp., 31 plates with photographs, folding topographical map in two colors. *** FIRST and ONLY EDITION of this report on the province of Quelimane, a seaport toward the northern border of Mozambique, now the administrative capital of the Zambezia province. This report is lengthier than the usual governors' reports, and is accompanied by 31 photographs with a wider range of images than most other reports of this time, including views of the Zambezi and the boats that plied it, agricultural machinery, a railroad locomotive, indigenous workers, town streets, canals, factories for processing agricultural produce, wild animals, and a house set on stilts to avoid the flooding that was (and still is) a major problem in the region.The introduction (pp. 5-38) is a historical survey of the problem of settlement in Quelimane, with an explanation of the prazo system, through which the Portuguese crown gave certain settlers large land grants and almost total control over the indigenous population. Lupi thoroughly discusses the pros and cons of the system for the settlers and for the indigenous population, and suggests ways the system could be improved. The folding map shows topographical details and the boundaries of the district and the prazos.Lupi (who signed the work on p. 305) also includes chapters on entomology, the campaign against locusts, emigration, the use of machinery, alcohol for industrial purposes, and motorized and non-motorized factories.The Portuguese government passed a law in 1907 that required colonial administrators to report in detail on the economic and social status of their territory and to suggest improvements in administration, infrastructure and public works, including missions, schools, ports, agriculture, mines, prisons, hospitals, and almshouses. Reports such as this provide valuable sociological and ethnographic information on the state of the Portuguese colonies following the Scramble for Africa. The reports seem to have been intended only for circulation within the government - some even have "confidencial" printed on the title page - and all are rare.*** Porbase locates copies at Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal and Biblioteca Central da Marinha (2 copies). Copac repeats British Library only. Bookseller Inventory # 36854

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Title: Districto de Quelimane. Relatorio do ...

Publisher: Lourenço Marques, Imprensa Nacional, 1909.

Publication Date: 1909

Binding: Soft cover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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