The Portuguese Colony of Mocambique: An Economic Survey

The Portuguese Colony of Mocambique: An Economic Survey

The Portuguese Colony of Mocambique: An Economic Survey

The Portuguese Colony of Mocambique: An Economic Survey

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To a youth of 19 the word "travel" has a fascinating sound; it brings visions of foreign lands to explore, strange peoples to meet, lovely scenes to feast the eyes upon, tough experiences to test one, and good rewards to be reaped; in a word it means "adventure". That was how I felt when I left the shores of Africa at the age of 19, destined for England and the University of Cambridge, there to complete my education, a process that I was determined should include as much travel as I could put into the three years necessary to obtain my degree.

That purpose I was able to accomplish on a limited allowance by means of a motor cycle and sidecar, complete with portable tent when necessary. In this way I got to know my mother country from Land's End to John O'Groats, and as much of western Europe as I was able to tackle. There I learnt the value of seeing things for oneself and of knowing what goes on outside the narrow confines of one's normal daily round, and I realised how much misunderstanding can be engendered by judging others without first knowing something about them, and how personal contact can very quickly alter one's views about any one country or its people. Every nation is full of the most delightful people if one can only get to know them, and the more I have travelled the more I have found this to be true. There are, of course, die-hards in every country who refuse to see any point of view but their own; the majority, however, are normal, decent folk with whom it is easy to mix pleasantly.

International trade is one of the finest forms of intercommunication between peoples, and consequently the greater the extent of such trade and the wider its field, the more international understanding we can expect. Since my university days, my lust for travel has increased with each new experience, but of course I cannot pretend to know each country intimately though in most I have made many friends. The present tally is Britain, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia . . .

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