The Story Behind the Capture of the Santa Maria

Two American visitors to Portugal's African colonies document Henrique Galvao's assertion that the condition of Africans in Angola and Mozambique is worse than "slavery."
by American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
January 27, 1961
2 pages
Type: Press Release
Coverage in Africa: Angola, Mozambique, Lusophone Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Portugal
Language: English
The press release says the discontent with the rule of Portuguese dictator Salazar by citizens of Portugal has been sensationally illustrated by Henrique Galvao's capture of the cruiseship Santa Maria. But the reason why Galvao turned against Dr. Salazar is not well known. In 1947, as high inspector in Angola, Captain Galvao submitted a confidential report on forced labor in the Portuguese colonies which the Government refused to publish. The press release says the American Committee on Africa has recently published two pamphlets on Angola and Mozambique: "Portugal's African 'Wards' – A First Hand Report on Labor and Education in Mozambique" by Professor Marvin Harris and "Angola--Repression in Revolt in Portuguese Africa" by Dr. Homer A. Jack.
Used by permission Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: George M. Houser Africa collection, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections