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This page gives you all the information you need about ancient Kongo Environment.
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Diet

The people of Kongo got their meat from wild animals. Cattle were very useful. They could provide meat and their hides were used for clothing. The staple diet for the people include bananas, peanuts, rice, eggplant, tomatoes, beans, peppers, fruits and nuts. Thick forests were homes to the many wild fruits trees which produced bananas, coconuts, dates, and, citrus fruits. There are 4 water sources in Africa. Lake Victoria named after Queen Victoria, Lake Albert named by Queen Victoria after her late husband, King Albert, Lake Edward and the Kongo Basin. Fishing and hunting are still practiced by some groups, but many Bakongo live, work and trade in towns.

Landscapes

Crops like coffee, cacao, urena, bananas and palm oil. The Bakongo cultivated cassava, bananas, maize, sweet potatoes, peanuts(groundnuts), beans and taro. Kongo's land includes three indistinct kinds of regions. (1) a tropical rainforest, (2) Savannas, and (3) a highland.
The tropical rainforest covers most of the northern part of Kongo. The Kongo forest is one of the world's largest and thickest rainforests and has an extraordinary variety of trees and other plants.

The main exports

Petroleum, timber, potash, lead, zinc, uranium, copper, phoephates, gold, magnesium, natural gas, hydropower, wood, diamonds, cocoa, coffee were the major exports.

Definitions

The definitions below come from the dictionary and the page http://www.answers.com/ .
Maize-
Any of several varieties of corn used primarily as feed for livestock.
Phosphates-
Natural calcium phosphate deposits occur worldwide in the crust of Earth.
Potash-
Any of several compounds containing potassium, especially soluble compounds such as potassium oxide, potassium chloride, and various potassium sulfates, used chiefly in fertilizers.
Zinc-
A bluish-white, metallic element that is brittle at room temperature but malleable with heating.
Uranium-
A heavy silvery-white metallic element, radioactive and toxic, easily oxidized, and having 14 known isotopes of which U 238 is the most abundant in nature.
Cassava-
A shrubby tropical American plant (Manihot esculenta) widely grown for its large, tuberous, starchy roots.
Taro-
A widely cultivated tropical Asian plant (Colocasia esculenta) having broad leaves and a large starchy edible tuber.
Urena-
The various species grow in different tropical and subtropical areas throughout the world.

Citations

The citations below are for the information above:
- http://www.worldbookonline.com/wb/Article?id=ar129340
- http://www.answers.com/topic/kingdom-of-kongo
- http://www.uiowa.edu/~africart
There were also books like:
Bockie, Simon, et al. Cultures of the World
-Lugira, Aloysius . African Religion
The sites have given me a lot of information that I needed. The main sources were world book online and SIRS. The world book online site was very helpful. The information's had citations at thye bottom at the page so that the person that uses the information can get the bibliography. Most of the information from worldbookonline had other items following so if the search was not all successful, the person can use other items connecting to find the information.

By: Nadiah