What travelers say
As the city capital and administrative centre of Papua New Guinea, it has the greatest population density in the country.
The city area was only occupied by Motu and Koitabu people for thousands of years before 1873, when Port Moresby was discovered by the English Captain John Moresby. About 15 years ... More later, Great Britain established the colony of British New Guinea here, and named Port Moresby the capital.
During World War II (1939-1945), Port Moresby was an important Allied military base.
The Allies defeated Japanese naval forces destined for Port Moresby in the 1942 Battle of the Coral Sea.
Modern Port Moresby is in an area of rubber plantations and experimental livestock and dairy farms.
Its exports are copra, coffee, rubber, plywood, timber, and gold. Brewing, tobacco processing, the manufacture of handicrafts and concrete and fishing are the main industries.
Unfortunately, because of a high crime rate, Port Moresby is consistently rated as one of the most dangerous cities in the whole world.
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