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A Tale of Two Congos
""It was the best of times; it was the worst of times". Sadly, for Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the latter more often has been true. Let's explore the history of these two nations."
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A long time ago, on a continent far, far away (unless you live there), an indigenous population lived in the countries now known as the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. By what name are these diminutive people known?
The indigenous population of the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo was displaced by a wave of people, believed to have migrated from the area of present day Nigeria. What general term is given to these people who inhabit the largest part of Sub-Saharan Africa?
The area now known as the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo was first explored and somewhat colonized by Europeans in the 15th century. Which country, known for converting native populations to Roman Catholicism, was the first to establish a presence in the area?
In the 1800s, much of the interior area surrounding the Congo River was explored by Europeans for the first time. Which journalist, credited with uttering the famous words, "Doctor Livingstone, I presume", led the expeditions?
Richard Francis Burton
Henry Morton Stanley
In 1884, representatives from the major world powers met in Germany for an extensive forum. What was the main purpose of the Berlin Conference (a.k.a. Congo Conference)?
To address elephant and llama stampedes in Africa
To establish official languages for the countries
To divide Africa up amongst the European powers
To map climate conditions on the continent of Africa
Which two neighboring countries had colonial control over the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, respectively, into the 20th century?
Germany and England
France and Belgium
Portugal and Austria
Italy and Spain
Who were the Republic of the Congo's Andre Matsoua and the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Patrice Lumumba ?
Native governor-generals who supported colonialism
Nationalist leaders who died under mysterious circumstances
Congolese who were elected to parliaments in Europe
Congolese who served as ambassadors to Arizona
In which swinging decade did the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo obtain their independence from their respective colonial overlords?
In the early 1990s, changes in the world political scene also affected the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. What changes occurred in these countries, at least on paper?
Adoption of democracy
Consolidation into one nation
Return to colonial control
Conversion to Communism
Unfortunately, armed conflicts continued to be waged in the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo into the 21st century. Which nearby countries sent troops into both nations in the late 1990s/early 2000s?
Egypt, Algeria, Somalia and Ethiopia
The U.K., the U.S., Australia and Canada
Italy, Germany, Belgium and France
Angola, Namibia, Uganda and Rwanda
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Compiled Jun 28 12