• Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


Khoisan hunter-gatherers were in southern Angola at least 23,000 years ago. From AD 1000 Bantu-speaking groups moved south from the borders of present-day Cameroon and Nigeria. Substantial numbers of settlers arrived in present-day Angola during the 13th century, displacing Khoisan groups. Several powerful Bantu kingdoms developed, including the Bakongo, across northern Angola, parts of present-day Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo and Gabon, and the Ndongo kingdom further south. The name Angola is derived from Ngola a Kiluanje, the traditional title of the ruler of the Ndongo.


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Further Reading

  1. Anstee, M. J., Orphan of the Cold War: the Inside Story of the Collapse of the Angolan Peace Process, 1992–93. 1996CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Brittain, Victoria, Death of Dignity: Angola’s Civil War. 1999Google Scholar
  3. Guimarães, Fernando Andersen, The Origins of the Angolan Civil War: Foreign Intervention and Domestic Political Conflict. 2001CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Hodges, Tony, Angola: Anatomy of an Oil State. 2004Google Scholar
  5. National Statistical Office: Instituto Nacional de Estatística, Rua Ho-Chi-Min, C.P. 1215, Luanda.Google Scholar
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