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In 1491, King Nzinga first started the new religion of Christianity. The Kongo people followed the Christianity for 200 years. Kongo’s leadership communicated a lot about the Europeans religion, political leaders, the pope, the other members of the Vatican and who accepted the Kongo church as orthodox. Afonso I, the Kongo king who lived from 1506 to 1543, was not only literate but also spoke and wrote in Portuguese. His son Henrique was sent to Europe to complete his religious training. Afson letters to the Vatican and to Portuguese are the most important records of pre-colonial Africa and the Kongo Christian faith.


After the 14th century they began to delolop new building techniques. Some examples new modern things were built, more techniques for building was developed.

Kongo it has heavy rainfalls and high temperature and humidity.

When the Kongo people were being bought as a slave they had to look nice so they were nice cloth. The kongo people had a lot of copper, salt and wild animal products. When they were trading they would trade in these things. This is what the Kongo people were know as to have.


The Kongo people cultivate foods like cassava, bananas, maize, sweet potatoes, peanuts, groundnuts, beans, and taro. The Kongo people sold coffee, cacao, ureana, bananas and palm oil. Some groups of people form Kongo would go hunting and fishing for food. They also traded these foods and animals.


The kids in Kongo mostly spoke Kikongo which is a Bantu Language. But they were taught Portuguese which would be there first or second language. Most of them spoke Portguese because in 1482 till 1483 the Portguese took over and they were the only European to take over Kongo Kingdom. They used to kidnap Kongo citizens and bring them to Portugal probably to work for him. They used them as slaves for the island Sao Tome.
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