Namibe – The south-west city of Namibe is celebrating this Thursday 4 August its 166th founding anniversary.
Founded in 1846, the city of Namibe was between 1665 and 1676 often visited by boats that navigated to south toward the eastern.
In this phase, the navigators stopped to the bay of Namibe, then known by Ancra do Negro, to supply with provisions and water.
In homage to then general governor of Moçamedes, lieutenent-colonel Pinheiro Furtado, changed the name Ancra do Negro to Bay of Moçâmedes.
In 1846, the year of foundation of the city, colonization regime started with the arrival in Moçâmedes of the first group of Portuguese immigrants from Pernambuco in Brazil.
Traits of its all historic trajectory can be found in historic sites such as Custom office of Namibe, military prison, São Nicolau Bentiaba jail, chapel of nossa senhora do Mundo, chapel of praia Amélia and admiralship of Namibe port.
Kapangombe fortress, Moçâmedes Hotel, Nossa Senhora de Fátima church, Santo Adrião church, Palace of Government, provincial court are some other local historic sites.
There are also rock engravings located in the regions of Tchitundo-Hulu, Tchipopilo and Macahama, where the first people lived.
The city of Namibe has a population estimated at more than 255.000 inhabitants and comprises the localities of Bibala, Kamukuio, Tômbwa, Virei and Namibe.