History And Culture Of Congo
The republic of Congo now occupies the areas which were once in control of Bakongo, Teke and Loango Kingdoms. After the Portuguese came in the 15th century, the kingdoms in the coastal areas had many credits due to slave trades. After the French took over the control in the 19th century, which made the licensed private companies make use of the forced labor, and this scandalized the public of France, and Savorgnan de Brazza was appointed to investigate.
The capital was named after him, and it was the center for French Equatorial Africa. The government concentrated on the hospitals and schools in this region.
Most of the people in Congo are Bantus; large numbers of people are Congo along with small groups of Teke and Sangha. The major ethnic group that Ubangi comprises of is the Mboshi and people belonging to the Binga pygmies live in the forests who are known to be the original inhabitants of the country. The official language of this country is French and every school teaches in this language. The trade language is called Lingala which is mostly used in areas like Kikongo.More...
History Of The Ivory Trade In The Congo
The number of elephants was about 1.2 million in the year 1979, and has now decreased to a mere 600,000. This happened because people started exploiting elephants for skin and ivory. There is increase in poaching of elephants.
Harvesting elephants illegally is called elephant poaching. There are evidences that poaching has decreased the population of elephants in a decade.
Elephant poaching is happening because the leak of monitoring and enforcement by the state. In the year 1978, the African elephant was on the appendix 2 of the Convention for International Trade in Endangered Species because it had declined in number and in economic value.More...
History Of Diamonds In Congo
Many of the African countries, which are called developing and under developed nations, have plenty of natural resources which can turn around their economy and make them into developed countries. One of such nation is Congo with plenty of diamond deposits all round the country. These diamonds are known to the world as the conflict diamonds or blood diamonds from a long time.
Diamond mining started in the nineteenth century; back then this nation was called Belgian Congo. The Belgian authorities had set up some mines which were small scale like the British did in the South Africa. The mines in the earliest of the mines were situated near the Bushimaie and Lubilash Rivers which are still under mining.
In the year 1960, Belgian Congo got independence, but it was when the civil war and internal conflicts began. The rebels who fought against the government took control over the diamond mines which made them available with funds to buy weapons this is how the blood diamond came into existence.More...