Historical Dictionary of the Democratic Republic of the by Emizet Francois Kisangani

By Emizet Francois Kisangani

The 3rd version of the old Dictionary of the Democratic Republic of the Congo appears again on the approximately forty eight years of independence, over a century of colonial rule, or even past kingdoms and teams that shared the territory. this can be performed via a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and over 800 cross-referenced dictionary entries on civil wars, mutinies, awesome humans, locations, occasions, and cultural practices.

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7 August: The Conference convenes, but collapses on 15 August over accreditation disputes and political wrangling. 23 September: Soldiers, angry over low and late salaries, loot containers at Ndjili airport. The looting spreads to Kinshasa’s commercial district and to some residential areas. Civilians join in. 25 September: Order is restored after the arrival of French and Belgian troops. Thirty people are killed and 10,000 expatriates are evacuated. Damage is estimated at $1 billion. 29 September: Mobutu names Tshisekedi prime minister, but dismisses him when he refuses to sign an oath of allegiance to the president.

Because of its location, Congo has long been considered one of the most geopolitically strategic countries in Africa. It shares 9,165 km of border with nine countries: Angola (including the enclave of Cabinda), Zambia, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Sudan, Central African Republic, and Congo-Brazzaville. It also borders the lakes of the Great Rift Valley, which form the headwaters of li lii • INTRODUCTION the White Nile River. Congo is considered a semi-enclave because it has only 37 km of coastline on the Atlantic Ocean, north of the mouth of the Congo River.

1600 The Portuguese introduce maize, cassava, and other varieties of cereals from the New World under the reign of Mani Kongo Alvaro II (1587–1614). 1600–1630 Nyimi (king) Shyam a Mbul a Ngwoong, a legendary Kuba figure, reorganizes the Kuba Kingdom into a bureaucratized hierarchical system and brings it to the height of its influence. He also introduces the culture of maize and tobacco, raffia weaving, and sophisticated wood-carving techniques. 1640 The Dutch replace the Portuguese as leading traders.

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