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Creative Commons AttributionKinshasa/Leopoldville - Credit: Irene2005, Flickr


The old Belgian Congo capital of Leopoldville, founded in 1881 as a trading post by Henry Stanley, was renamed Kinshasa after independence.  It lies on the Congo river, directly opposite Brazzaville, the capital of the old French Congo, now the Republic of the Congo.

Kinshasa has some 10 million inhabitants, making it the third largest city in Africa.  At the time of the Prices' arrival, however, it was barely more than a large town.  By 2020, it is expected to be the biggest French-speaking city in the world. 

Kinshasa was made famous in 1974 when it hosted the "Rumble in the Jungle" boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.