Southern Africa: Historic Slave Shipwreck Found Off South African Coast

Moza shipe wreck

Moza shipe wreck

Cape Town — Researchers have announced the discovery of the wreck of a Portuguese slave ship in which an estimated 200 Mozambicans died when the ship sank just off Cape Town more than two centuries ago.

Iziko Museums of South Africa will host the official announcement of the discovery in Cape Town later Tuesday. However, one of the museum complex’s American partners, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, made an early announcement in the American media beginning last week.

In details published on the Smithsonian’s website, museum officials were quoted as saying that the wreck was originally discovered by treasure hunters in the 1980s but that it was mistakenly thought to have been a Dutch ship.

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This story first appeared at AllAfrica.