Photomontages tell the story. They show the development of the plantation culture, which began in around 1800 with slaves from the African mainland. The large plantation economy is now a thing of the past. Diversification, privatization and the establishment of small businesses now seek to ensure freedom from dependence on cocoa. Traditional arts and crafts are a fine example of this trend.
The 150,000 inhabitants of the two islands are also keen to develop tourism. Thus large-format photographic murals show many facets of the landscape in all its paradisiacal beauty. Hitherto the nature reserve has attracted travelers and anglers with some of the rarest birds in the world, but now the country wants to extend its appeal with its eleven hotels offering "quality tourism".
Nation: Sao Tome and Principe
National Day: 21.08.00