Angola: History

  1. 1483

    The Portuguese arrive.

  2. 17th and 18th Centuries

    Slave trade in Angola quickly increases, and by the early 1800’s it is thought that Angola was the largest source of slaves for Brazil and the Americas.

  3. 1836

    Slave trade abolished by the Portuguese government.

  4. 1961

    Anti-Portuguese revolts erupt at coffee plantations, killing 50,000 people. Forced labor is abolished and rebels are emboldened.

  5. 1974

    Following a coup in Portugal, Angola becomes independent. The country endures violence and civil war between political parties for the next 30 years

  6. 2002

    Fighting in Angola ends after the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) declares that it has demobilized its military group.

  7. 2005

    China agrees to provide over $2 billion in new credit to Angola, after already giving $3 billion to the Angolan government.

  8. 2012

    Angola begins a $5 billion fund to invest in the country’s infrastructure, with the money coming from the country’s oil revenues.


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