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Group of indigenous Cabindas and Loangos

History of Africa. 19th century. Group of indigenous Cabindas and Loangos, workers of the French factory of Landana. Engraving. El Congo y la Creacion del Estado Independiente de este nombre. Historia de los Trabajos y Exploraciones Verificados (The Congo and the Founding of its Free State. A Story of Work and Exploration), by Henry M. Stanley. Edited in Barcelona, ca.1890. Spain

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Africans Angola Colonialism Congo Continent Economy Ethnicity Exploration Loango Morton Portuguese Stanley Worker


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This engraving, titled "Group of Indigenous Cabindas and Loangos, Workers of the French Factory of Landana," is a poignant reminder of the complex interplay between Africa's indigenous peoples and European explorers during the 19th century. The image, taken from Henry M. Stanley's "El Congo y la Creacion del Estado Independiente de este nombre. Historia de los Trabajos y Exploraciones Verificados" (The Congo and the Founding of its Free State. A Story of Work and Exploration), published in Barcelona around 1890, offers a glimpse into the lives of the Cabindas and Loangos, two ethnic groups from the regions of Kakongo in present-day Angola. The Cabindas and Loangos are depicted here as workers in a French factory, likely the Landana plantation, which was established during the late 19th century as part of the European scramble for Africa. Dressed in traditional attire, the men and boys in this group display a range of ages and expressions, revealing the diverse experiences of labor under colonial rule. Their clothing, with its intricate patterns and vibrant colors, stands in stark contrast to the European factory buildings and machinery in the background. This image underscores the intricate history of Africa during the colonial era, a time when indigenous peoples were often forced into labor, while European powers sought to expand their territories and economic interests. The Cabindas and Loangos, like many other African communities, faced the challenges of adapting to new economic systems and cultural encounters. This engraving serves as a poignant reminder of the complexities and nuances of Africa's past, and the ongoing importance of understanding the experiences of its diverse indigenous populations.

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