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Congo

 

The Congo River
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The Congo
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeThe Congo - Credit: Julien Harneis

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is located in central Africa. It is sub-Saharan, with the highest frequency of thunderstorms in the world and the second largest rainforest in the world. 

 

The Congo’s geography varies greatly by region. The Congo River provides transportation and commerce to large parts of otherwise inaccessible country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Much of the Congo region was privately colonised in 1885 by Leopold II, King of Belgium. It later became a formal colony of the Belgian state. The Belgian Congo gained its independence in 1960, when Patrice Lumumba was elected Prime Minister.  Power was quickly seized by Joseph Mobutu, who in 1971 renamed the country Zaire.  It was only renamed the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after his forced departure in 1997.