Where Is Angola

angola
by goya

Where Is Angola

Angola is a large territory in Africa, on the west African coast, just below the equator. It belongs to Portugal. Angola is almost twice as large as the state of Texas, and more than four million people live there. Most of them are Negroes. Not many years ago, the Negroes of Angola were primitive tribesmen. They hunted and fished and farmed small plots of ground. Today they are becoming more and more civilized. Many of them read and write. Christian missionaries have done much to help the native Angolans.

They have built schools and colleges. They have built hospitals where white doctors have done much to improve the health of the natives. Many Negroes are now skilled workers. They are carpenters, electrians, printing pressmen, masons, and other things. Even the farmers have learned much. The Negroes have learned to use modern farming implements, including tractors. The chief crop of Angola is corn. The people also grow cotton, sugar cane, beans, peanuts, and coffee. Peanuts are an important part of the food eaten by the natives.

The children of Angola eat and like a stew made with peanuts Angola was discovered by a Portuguese explorer named Diogo Cam in 1484. The Portuguese were not always good rulers in Angola. They made slaves of the natives and did almost nothing to improve conditions in Angola. Today the Portuguese government treats the natives better. It has built state schools, and has allowed the natives partly to govern themselves. Angola is a hot, dry country. Most of it is desert or grassland. There are large herds of cows, sheep, and goats. The natives used to live in grass or mud huts. Now many of them live in stone and plaster houses.