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The Human and Physical Page

By Lilian

Navigation:
- Kongo Home Page
- Location
- Human and Physical
- Religion
- Enviroment
- Movement
- Regions
- General Links

This page will talk about Human and Physical information based on the Kingdom of Kongo.

Table Of Contents
Houses
Government
Living Skills
Climate
Languages

Population
Works Cited
Links
Images


Houses
Probably, Kongo was beginning to build and develop new building skills after the 14th century. The majority of people lived in straw huts or buildings made of huts or clay. The king owned a palace surrounded by walls in the capital of Mbanza. Mbanza was built entirely of stone and was strong to protect itself against attacks.
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A typical house
Image from: http://www.randafricanart.com/images/Nail_fetishes_1902_Boma_Congo.jpg

Government
The government was very organized:
- A hereditary chief ruled each village
- Each cluster of villages was ruled by a chief. This chief was chosen by the governor or king of the province.
- The king was called the Mani-Kongo. He had no army.
- Kongo had six provinces ruled by a governor chosen and appointed by the king.
Since the king had no army, he had to be very strong and have a leading skill.

Living Skills
The Kongo people relayed on fishing, hunting, and on agriculture. (farming) The king collected taxes, labor, and collected fines from the people to prosper. Sometimes, slaves, ivory and copper were traded to the Europeans.

Climate
Climate: Tropical; rainy season (March to June); dry season (June to October); persistent high temperatures and humidity; particularly enervating climate astride the Equator

Languages
When Kongo was a Belgium colony, the four main languages were already taught and used in primary schools, which makes the country one of the very little countries to have had literacy in local languages. (during the occupation by the Europeans).

Population
At the end of the 16th century, Kongo's population was close to half a million!

Works Cited
Infoplease. Used for climate.
Thornton, J. K. “Kingdom of Kongo.” Infoplease. 14 Jan. 2007 http://www.infoplease.com/‌ce6/‌history/‌A0828072.html.

World Book Online for the government info
MacDonald, Kevin C. "Kongo." World Book Online Reference Center. 2007. [MKIS library. January 15 2007.] <http://www.worldbookonline.com/wb/Article?id=ar304080>.

For religions and economy:
Kongo People. 3 Nov. 1998. 14 Jan. 2007 <http://www.uiowa.edu/~africart/toc/
people/Kongo.html>.

For external information:
Kongo People. 3 Nov. 1998. 14 Jan. 2007 <http://www.uiowa.edu/~africart/toc/
people/Kongo.html>.

For education info:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_Republic_of_the_Congo

Image 1 from:
http://www.randafricanart.com/images/Nail_fetishes_1902_Boma_Congo.jpg

Other Common Websites Used
Google <http://google.com>
Dogpile <http://dogpile.com>

Links
In this section, you can see other useful websites. Have fun!
- http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/cultural/oldworld/africa/bakongo.html
All about the Kongo Kingdom: General Information
- http://www.uiowa.edu/~africart/toc/people/Kongo.html
An individual Website by a teacher in Iowa.
- http://www.nhm.org/africa/tour/bakongo/001.htm
The story of the Kongo Kingdom!
- http://www.thehistorychannel.co.uk/site/search/search.php?word=Kongo-ki
A complexed article by The History Channel
- http://www.clickafrique.com/Magazine/ST010/CP0000000005.aspx
An article on Kongo Kingdom

Images
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Image from: http://www.randafricanart.com/images/mouseover_kongo_nkondi.jpg
Spear from: http://www.africaandmore.com/product_images/congo_knife_7_thumbnail.jpg
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Image from: http://www.africaandmore.com/product_images/congo_knife_5_thumbnail.jpg
Statue from: http://users.telenet.be/african-shop/images/Congo-liverpool-museum.gif

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