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Kingdom Of Kongo

Garcia II Nkanga a Lukeni a Nzenze a Ntumba, also known as Garcia Afonso for short, ruled the Kingdom of Kongo from 1641 to 1661; he is sometimes considered Kongo's greatest king for his religious piety and his near expulsion of the Portuguese from Angola.

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from The Pragmatic Costumer

Shedding Light on a Dark Era: Baroque, Cavalier, and Puritan Fashions

Don Miguel de Castro from the Kingdom of Kongo during a commercial trip to the portuguese colony of Brazil. by Albert Eckhout.

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from DYNAMIC AFRICA

Prince Nicolau, Kingdom of Kongo Dom Nicolau,...

Dom Nicolau, prince of Kongo (c. 1830-1860) is perhaps the earliest African leader who wrote publicly to protest colonial influences.

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7 Medieval African Kingdoms Everyone Should Know About While Europe was experiencing its Dark Ages, a period of intellectual, cultural and economic regression from the sixth to the 13th centuries, Africans were experiencing an almost continent-wide renaissance after the decline of the Nile Valley civilizations of Egypt and Nubia.

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African Grey Parrot - the talker. By far, the smartest bird ever. I miss mine...

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King Nzinga Mvemba of the Kongo accepted Christianity and, with Portuguese assistance, sought to introduce European influences to his state. The ravages of the slave trade were a major reason for the limited success of the policies. Africa, in general, tried to fit the European concepts they found useful into their belief structures.

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from The Independent

British oil company SOCO agrees to cease operations in Congo’s

HALLELUJAH!!!! BREAKING NEWS! WWF ROCKS! 'British oil company SOCO agrees to cease operations in Congo’s Virunga National Park' - "SOCO International Plc, reached an agreement with the conservation group WWF to end exploratory work in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park, classified a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979 and the last refuge for the country’s mountain gorillas."

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The slave and gold trade out of Africa contributed to consolidation of power in such places as the Kingdom of Kongo

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from The Telegraph

Environment

Portrait of mature male bonobo named Makali, Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of Congo | © Anup Shah and Fiona Rogers. { Bonobo together with their cousins, the chimpanzees, are genetically closer related to us than they are to gorillas. Bonobo share more than 97% of the same genetic make up ~DNA ~ as humans }

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The Forest Giraffe - The only known living relative of the giraffe, the Okapi Johnstoni of Central Africa. Looks like the head of a giraffe, body of a horse and legs of a zebra!

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