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a republic in SW Africa: formerly an overseas province of Portugal; gained independence Nov. 11, 1975. 481,226 sq. mi. (1,246,375 sq. km).
Capital: Luanda.
Contemporary Examples

Oil arrives on ships from Angola and Russia rather than on trucks and trains from Pennsylvania.
Hurricane Sandy’s Economic Sucker Punch Daniel Gross November 4, 2012

Her famous walk—twice—through the half cleared landmine field in Angola was enormously brave and made a lasting impact.
Princess Diana Was the Girlfriend From Hell. Why Is This Movie So Boring? Tina Brown November 3, 2013

Two years later, Death Metal Angola is readying for its premiere, and the railway film remains unfinished.
Death Metal Angola: Heavy Metal in War-Torn Africa Nina Strochlic November 20, 2014

For Xido, spending time in war-ravaged Angola felt strangely familiar.
Death Metal Angola: Heavy Metal in War-Torn Africa Nina Strochlic November 20, 2014

Anthony Johnson was captured in his native Angola by an enemy tribe and sold to European slavers.
Slavery As ‘Innovation’ and Other Provocative Ideas: What I Learned From Henry Louis Gates’s ‘Many Rivers to Cross’ Jamelle Bouie October 21, 2013

Historical Examples

It was an obscure incident of the war, especially as fighting was renewed in Angola.
The Annual Register 1914 Anonymous

The coloured population of Angola are sunk in the grossest superstition.
Great African Travellers W.H.G. Kingston

Angola may very easily be taken, for the Portugals have no forts to defend it of any strength.
The Strange Adventures of Andrew Battell Andrew Battell

Our Angola Missions were commenced a little over four years ago.
Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd

The attention of the Portuguese was, moreover, now turned more particularly to the southern districts of Angola.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Part 1, Slice 1 Various

a republic in SW Africa, on the Atlantic: includes the enclave of Cabinda, north of the River Congo; a Portuguese possession from 1575 until its independence in 1975; multiparty constitution adopted in 1991; factional violence. It consists of a narrow coastal plain with a large fertile plateau in the east. Currency: kwanza. Religion: Christian majority. Capital: Luanda. Pop: 18 565 269 (2013 est). Area: 1 246 693 sq km (481 351 sq miles)
Angola [(ang-goh-luh)]

Republic in southwestern Africa on the Atlantic, bordered to the north and northeast by Democratic Republic of Congo, to the east by Zambia, and to the south by Namibia. Its capital and largest city is Luanda.

Note: After achieving independence from Portugal in 1976, Angola was the scene of a civil war between its Marxist government, supported by the Soviet Union and Cuban troops, and a rebel organization known as UNITA, which was aided by the United States and South Africa. In 1988, the United States engineered a settlement that led to the withdrawal of Cuban troops and to South African acceptance of black majority rule in neighboring Namibia.


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