Angola

By: Elise Carmichael

Physical Geography

- Country on Africa's Southwest coast.

- The Congo River and the Democratic Republic of the Congo separate it from the rest of the country.

-Forms part of the large inland plateau of Southern Africa.

- Angola also consists chiefly of hilly grasslands, but a rocky desert covers the South.

- Land gradually rises from the interior to the west, where it drops sharply to a narrow coastal plain.

- Most of the coastal plain has little natural vegetation and tropical forests grow in the north.

- Many rivers and more than 900 miles of coast line.

- Cunene and Cuanza, serve as waterways to the interior.

- Temperatures in the coastal plain region average about 70 degrees F (21 degrees C) in January and about 60 degrees F (16 degrees C) in June.

- From 40 to 60 in (100 to 500 centimeters) of rain falls annually on the Northern Coast and in most of the interior. Only about 2 in. of rain falls yearly in the desert.

Imperalism and Influence from Imperalism

- The National Assembly, the country's legislature, makes the laws.

- The people of Angola elect the National Assembly.

- Head of the party with a majority in the National Assembly becomes president.

- Angola became independent in November 1975.

- Parts had been ruled by Portuguese for most of the period since the 1500's.

- Between 1975 and the early 2000's, Angola was torn apart by the brutal civil war.

- A cease-fire was signed in 2002.

Capoeria

Capoeria is a form of martial arts that looks more like a dance. It was brought to the country by Angolan slaves that were brought to Brazil. It's a traditional sport that is very popular among people meaning a chance to express themselves and to get their anger out.