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Portuguese Memorial Site


If it wasn’t for the Portuguese crown’s taste for safari some 500 years ago, South Africa would be a poorer place. For it was the mood for colonial expansion – the same that gripped the all the European powers at one time or another between the 15th and 20th centuries – that led to early seafarer’s relatively chance arrival on the coastline of southern Kwa Zulu Natal.  In 1552 and again 1554, 2 Portuguese ships sank near Port Edward. They were reported to have been carrying a fortune in cargo – “worth a million in gold” when they sank. In the case of the Sao Joao and the Sao Bento there were only a handful of survivors. And so the connection between Madeira and the holiday village of Port Edward was born.

Visit
The Northsands Bluff Lighthouse to view artefacts found on the shores in and around Port Edward.

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