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


The earliest people in Angola, as in most of sub-Saharan Africa, were hunter-gatherers. They were displaced by Bantu-speaking farmers who by the 14th century were organized in several powerful states such as the kingdoms of Kongo and Mbundu. The rulers of Mbundu were called ngola, from which the Portuguese derived the name Angola. The Portuguese first made contact with Kongo in 1491, and for some time thereafter its kings were Catholic and their capital was renamed São Salvador.


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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. London, 1996CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. James, W. M., Political History of the War in Angola. New York, 1991Google Scholar
  3. Roque, F., Económia de Angola. Lisbon, 1991Google Scholar
  4. Somerville, K., Angola: Politics, Economics and Society. London and Boulder, 1986Google Scholar
  5. National statistical office: Instituto Nacional de Estatística, Luanda.Google Scholar

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1999

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