- a female given name: from a Bantu word meaning “melody.”
- a seaport in and the capital of Angola, in SW Africa.
Also Lo·an·da [loh-an-duh, -ahn-; Portuguese loo-ahn-duh] /loʊˈæn də, -ˈɑn-; Portuguese lʊˈɑ̃ də/.
- a republic in SW Africa: formerly an overseas province of Portugal; gained independence Nov. 11, 1975. 481,226 sq. mi. (1,246,375 sq. km). Capital: Luanda.
Formerly Portuguese West Africa.
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In 1975 he went from benighted Warsaw to far more benighted Luanda to cover the civil war in Angola.P.J. O’Rourke Picks His Favorite Travel Books
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- the capital of Angola, a port in the west, on the Atlantic: founded in 1576, it became a centre of the slave trade to Brazil in the 17th and 18th centuries; oil refining. Pop: 2 839 000 (2005 est)Official name: São Paulo de Loanda
- a republic in SW Africa, on the Atlantic: includes the enclave of Cabinda, north of the River Congo; a Portuguese possession from 1575 until its independence in 1975; multiparty constitution adopted in 1991; factional violence. It consists of a narrow coastal plain with a large fertile plateau in the east. Currency: kwanza. Religion: Christian majority. Capital: Luanda. Pop: 18 565 269 (2013 est). Area: 1 246 693 sq km (481 351 sq miles)
After achieving independence from Portugal in 1976, Angola was the scene of a civil war between its Marxist government, supported by the Soviet Union and Cuban troops, and a rebel organization known as UNITA, which was aided by the United States and South Africa. In 1988, the United States engineered a settlement that led to the withdrawal of Cuban troops and to South African acceptance of black majority rule in neighboring Namibia.
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