|Angola, Indiana||Angola, Southern Africa|
The name Angola in Indiana recalls the country of Angola, located in southern Africa. The first documented Africans in the U.S. came from the kingdom of Ngongo in Angola in Southern Africa.
Angola, Southern Africa
“The civilization the Africans left behind [in Angola] was highly developed and included rural villages, small towns and large urban centers. This area was rich in natural resources including a variety of tropical trees, wild game and fish, and assorted minerals such as silver and copper. The kingdom of Ndongo and the neighboring kingdom of Kongo were ruled by kings, but the villages were self-governing following local customs and legal traditions. The Portuguese were the first Europeans to explore and trade with the[local] populations…” History is Fun