Tete tā´tə, tā´tā [key], town (1997 pop. 101,984), capital of Tete province, W central Mozambique, on the Zambezi River. It is a trade center, with a bridge across that Zambezi that links inland areas with the coast coal mines are at nearby Moatize. Founded by the Portuguese in 1531, Tete long served as headquarters for traders, slave-raiders, and gold prospectors.

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