Marracuene, earlier known as Vila Luísa is a town in Mozambique's Maputo Province in Marracuene District, located 30 km north of Maputo on the Incomati River. The Parque de Campismo de Marracuene, a popular camping destination, is located nearby.
Marracuene at war. 1899.
On February 2, 1895, Marracuene was the site of a decisive battle between Portuguese commander António José Enes and Gaza emperor Gungunyane; the Portuguese defeated the larger Gaza forces by means of repeating rifles and a machine gun.
Marracuene 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.
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