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New on African History — Resources on the DRC — New in the African History Glossary

By December 29, 2012

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Map showing position of the DRC in AfricaNew for the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Once a number of kingdoms and empires, Belgium's King Leopold II claimed most of the Congo basin in 1876. It proved to be the most brutal of all European colonial experiments. Belgium took over the country in 1908, after international outcry, as the Belgian Congo. Independence was achieved in 1960 and known by the name Congo-Léopoldville (later Congo-Kinshasa). The country was renamed Zaïre in 1971 and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (or DRC) in 1997.

Democratic Republic of the Congo Timeline
Part 1: Prehistory to Beginning of Belgian Administration
Part 2: Beginning of Belgian Administration to End of Katanga Secession
Part 3: End of Katanga Secession to Rebellion in Shaba
Part 4: Rebellion in Shaba to Genocide in Neighboring Rwanda
Part 5: Genocide in Neighboring Rwanda to Assassination of Laurent-Désiré Kabila
Part 6: Assassination of Laurent-Désiré Kabila to Present Day

New African History Glossary Terms
Luba Kingdom

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