History: The Democratic Republic Of The Congo

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Democratic Republic of the Congo The Democratic Republic of the Congo was first settled by the the Bantus people during the 5th century. As the first expansion was coming to an end, they began an expansion of their own. They followed major river basins, and also southward and arrived at the border of the rainforest about as early as 900 BC. As the number of Bantu people increased, they formed their own kingdoms. By the early 1400’s, the most notable kingdom was the Kongo Empire. It was first founded by Lukeni lua Zimi in about 1390. It was centered in modern Angola. In 1482, Portuguese explorer Diogo Cao becomes the first European to visit the Congo. They first arrived at the mouth of the Zaire River,
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