This artwork is from the Ilha Collection by South African fine arts photographer David Ballam. This collection is a selection of images taken in and around Ilha de Moçambique. The island, which is located in northern Mozambique, was used as a vital trading link between Asia, Africa and Europe. For 400 years the island was to be the capital of Portuguese East Africa.

This image is a portrait orientation.
Available in a wooden framed canvas or rolled canvas. 



 The territory of Moçambique was occupied in 900AD by Arab traders. It was in 1498 during his search for a maritime trading route between Lisbon and India that Vasco da Gama reached the Island of Moçambique. By 1507 the Portuguese had established a port and naval base. Ilha de Moçambique had become one of Portugal’s vital trading links between Asia and Europe for spices, gold, ivory, pottery and African wood. For 400 years the island was to be the capital of Portuguese East Africa. At the end of the 17th Century after enjoying strong economic expansion the island went into a period of decline but was revived in the second half of the 18th Century by the slave trade. However, with the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 the island’s fortunes began to wane and in 1898 the capital of Moçambique was transferred to Laurenço Marques (Maputo) considerably slowing the economy of Ilha de Moçambique. A further blow came in the middle of the 20th Century with the new harbour of Nacala (60km North) taking most of the remaining trade. Today the island faces problems of degradation and neglect with many buildings in ruins. However, with its rich history and being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ilha de Moçambique has started benefiting from restoration work and management studies by international specialists.


Print on canvas:

  • Small Rectangular: 120x80cm
  • Large Rectangular: 180x120cm
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Framed canvas:
Digital Signature placed on the Print. Not Editioned.
The canvas is stretched onto a frame and framed in a reclaimed wood frame.
Rembrandt Canvas 380 g/m2: A UV resistant 100% cotton fabric with a white matt surface. A high-resolution coating on the printing side provides for well-contrasted, high resolution and high-density image reproduction.

Unframed original archival paper prints by email enquiry:
Limited Edition, Hand Signed & Embossed.
Size available:
  • Standard Rectangular: 90x63cm
  • Large Rectangular:100x159cm