Congo Brazzaville

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The Repub­lic of Con­go, known also as Con­go-Braz­zav­ille, is a State of Cen­tral Africa and a French ex-colony.

Carte Congo

Carte Con­go

The cap­i­tal is Braz­zav­ille (city of Braz­za). Con­go Braz­zav­ille con­fines on north with Camerun and the Cen­tral African Repub­lic , on east and south with the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Repub­lic of Con­go (ex Zaire), on west with Gabon, on south - for a short dis­tance - with the Angolan enclave of Cabinda and, on south-west, Con­go leans out on the Atlantic Ocean.
Congo's offi­cial lan­guage is French.
Con­go Braz­zav­ille lies in the very heart of Africa and it is con­sti­tut­ed by equa­to­ri­al forest, a rich savan­na, great rich rivers full of fish.
The leg­endary Con­go river is the sec­ond great­est river in the world, right after the Ama­zon river of Brasil. Con­go river sep­a­rates the two clos­est cap­i­tal cities of the world: Braz­zav­ille and Kin­shasa (the lat­ter one is the cap­i­tal city of Congo's con­fin­ing Coun­try the Rep. Dem. of Con­go). The­se two cities are vis­i­ble to one anoth­er with the naked eye. They're sep­a­rat­ed from each oth­er only by few kilo­me­ters of water ( the width of Con­go river reach­es 6 km in some points!) and they're attain­able to one anoth­er through a panoram­ic trip by boat or aquat­ic means.
The two Con­gos, the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Repub­lic one and the Pop­u­lar Repub­lic one, togeth­er with Ango­la, Gabon and north­ern Namib­ia, con­sti­tut­ed the ancient King­dom of Kon­go. With the arrival of the first Euro­peans and their col­o­niza­tion, this King­dom was con­quered and sep­a­rat­ed among Euro­pean coun­tries: the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Repub­lic of Con­go became a Bel­gian colony, while the Pop­u­lar Repub­lic of Con­go became a French colony.
The cap­i­tal city of Con­go Braz­zav­ille takes its name from the Ital­ian native explor­er Pier Savorgnan de Braz­za, who worked for the French Navy. Pier believed that the exchanges between Europe and Cen­tral Africa should have been based on human­ism and broth­er­hood. Pier had to fight again­st the con­cep­tion for which col­o­niza­tion was sole­ly slav­ery and loot­ing. Braz­za paid with his own life this dif­fer­ent approach to African com­mu­ni­ties; it was the year 1905.
The forest of Con­go is the sec­ond greater pri­ma­ry forest of the plan­et after the Ama­zo­ni­an one. Lean­ing out to the Atlantic ocean, Con­go has got par­a­disi­a­cal beach­es made of white sand and framed by palms of var­i­ous kinds. The abun­dance of sweet water fish (from rivers) and salty water ones (from the ocean) enrich­es the deli­cious local dish­es. Fish is cooked - fol­low­ing the Con­gole­se tra­di­tion - with veg­eta­bles and it's accom­pa­nied by man­ioc.
Final­ly, the lux­u­ri­ant and fer­tile land of Con­go offers - beside what grows already in Occi­dent - peanuts, bananas, pla­tan bananas, papaya, man­go, avo­cado, ananas… and palm wine!

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