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First posted on June 24th 2011

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A Shona polity in southern Africa (modern Zimbabwe) which existed in the early 16th century when the Portuguese came in contact with it; the Portuguese refered to it as Monomotapa. It was a source of gold; Portuguese trade with the Kingdom of Mutapa was facilitated through the Swahili city of Sofala (present-day Moçambique).
From 1629 to 1663 Mutapa was under Portuguese domination, from 1663 to 1694 a protectorate of the Rozwi Empire, until 1712 again a Portuguese protectorate, then briefly a Rozwi protectorate until independence was restored in 1720, by which time much of its former territory had been lost to the Rozwi Empire. In 1759 following the death of a ruler, the polity disintegrated.

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Accounts of History Modern I. Pikirayi, The Archaeological Identity of Mutapa State. Towards an Historical Archaeology of Northern Rhodesia, Studies in African Archaeology 6 1993
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Biographies N. Godignus, Vita Patris Gonzali Silverias, Societatis Jesu sacerdotis in urbe Momomatapa martyrium passi, 1612, in Latin, Gb
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Others Afrotropic Ecoregion, from WWF

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International - Monomutapa Entries P. d'Avity, Les Estats, Empires et Principautez du Monde; entry : De l'Estat du Roy de Monomotapa, in French, 1613, pp.1308-1321, GB; 1614, pp.1306-1309, GB; 1616, pp.1306-1309, GB; 1617, pp.1306-1309, GB; 1621, pp.599-602, GB; 1628, pp.1308-1312, GB; 1630, pp.936-939, GB; 1633, pp.1308-1312, GB; 1659, pp.822-824, GB
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Religious Monomotapa, p.147 in U. Cerri, An account of the state of the Roman-Catholick religion throughout the world, 1715, GB
Economic Of Sofala and Monomotapa, pp.633-634 in W. Beawes, Lex mercatoria rediviva: or, The merchant's directory, 1773, GB
Of Sofala and Monomotapa, pp.182-183 in vol.2 of W. Beawes, Lex mercatoria rediviva: or, The merchant's directory, 1813, GB
Political Royaume du Monoimotapa, pp.467-468 in P. d'Avity, Le Monde, ou la Description generale de ses quatre parties, 1643, in French, GB
Royaume du Monomotapa, pp.477-487 in P. d'Avity, Le monde, ou la description g??ale de ses quatre parties vol.2, 1660, in French, GB
Royaume du Monomotapa, pp.1245-1247 in P. d'Avity, Nouveau theatre du monde: contenant les estats, empires, royaumes, et principautez, representez par l'ordre et veritable description des pays, moeurs des peuples, forces, 1661, in French, GB
Interets du Grand Negus ou Roy des Abessins, appelle en Europe Prete Jan, pp.247-248 in Regnum Monomotapae, Archontologia Cosmica, 1628, Imperium Abyssinorum sive Prete Iani, Book II pp.236-238
Geographical Monomotapa, pp.136-137 in G. Botero, Amphitheatridion, 1597, in Latin, GB
Monomotapa, pp.227-228 in G. Botero, Imperiorum mundi catalogus et descriptio, 1614, in Latin, GB
De l'Empire du Monomotapa, in A. Manesson-Mallet, Description de l'Univers contenant les differents syst?es du monde , les cartes generales et particulieres de la geographie anciennee et moderne , 1685, in French, GB
Monomotapa, pp.350-351 in vol.6 of J. Playfair, A System of Geography, ancient and modern, 1814, GB
The State of Monomotapa, pp.128-129 in vol.2 of C. Malte-Brun, A System of Universal Geography, 1834, GB
Monomotapa, p.857 in vol.2 of S.G. Goodrich, Pictorial geography of the world, 1840, GB
Historical Monomotapa, p.673 in vol.2 of L. Moreri, Le grand dictionnaire historique, 1683, in French, GB
Royaume du Monomotapa, pp.172-175 in S. von Pufendorf, Introduction ?l'histoire moderne, g??ale et politique de l'univers, 1759, in French, GB
The Empire of Monomotapa, pp.456-478 in vol.36 of G. Sale, An Universal history, from the earliest account of time, 1760, GB
Histoire de l'Empire de Monomotapa, pp.671-686 in vol.24 of Histoire universelle: depuis le commencement du monde jusqu'a present, 1765, in French, GB
Empire du Monomotapa, pp.390-403 in A.G. Contant d'Orville, Histoire des diff?ens peuples du monde, 1771`, in French, GB
Monomotapa, pp.341-350 in vol.13 of W. Mavor, Universal history, ancient and modern, 1802, GB
Impero del Monomotapa, pp.61-64 in vol.2 of A. Levati, Storia della Senegambia, della Guinea, della Cafreria, della Nubia e dell'Abissinia, 1826, in Italian, GB
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Yearbook Entries Article : Cape of Good Hope Province, in : Americana Annual 1927 pp.153-154, 1928 p.137, 1930 p.152, 1931 p.142, 1932 pp.140-141, 1933 pp.135-136, 1934 p.133, 1935 p.127, 1936 p.119, 1937 p.108, 1943 p.135, 1944 p.129 [G]

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