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    • How did Angola gain independence from the Portuguese?

      • The Portuguese therefore withdrew from Angola in November 1975 without formally handing power to any movement, and nearly all the European settlers fled the country. The MPLA, in control of the capital city, declared itself the government of independent Angola and managed to win recognition from many African countries.
  1. The Angolan War of Independence (Portuguese: Guerra de Independência de Angola; 1961–1974), called in Angola the Luta Armada de Libertação Nacional ("Armed Struggle of National Liberation"), began as an uprising against forced cultivation of cotton, and it became a multi-faction struggle for the control of Portugal's overseas province of Angola among three nationalist movements and a ...

    • 4 February 1961 – 25 April 1974 (cease fire), (13 years, 2 months and 3 weeks), 11 November 1975 (independence)
    • Portuguese military victory, MPLA, FNLA, and UNITA political victory, Ceasefire after the Carnation Revolution, Alvor Agreement and Angolan independence in 1975, Start of the Angolan Civil War
    • Portuguese Colonization of Angola
    • Civil Disobedience in Angola
    • Angolan War and The Declaration of Independence

    The first Portuguese explorers reached Angola in the second half of the 15thcentury. They established settlements in Soyo in the northern part of the country. In 1575, Paulo Dias de Novais founded what is today Luanda and settled with soldiers and their families. The Portuguese began settling in other parts of the country especially along the Atlan...

    In June 1933 the Portuguese government ratified the Portuguese Colonial Act that declared the Portuguese supreme over the native inhabitants of Angola. Even if the locals pursued academic to the Portuguese level, they were to be considered inferior. In 1948 Angolan activists sent a letter to the United Nations seeking protectorate status. The gover...

    In 1961, native Angolans began an uprising against the colonialist philosophy of forced cotton cultivation. The war came to an end when a military coup in Portugal ousted the then-government and stalled all military activities in Africa. The new government immediately began plans to grant Angolan independence. Although the war stopped immediately, ...

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  3. Angola becomes independent after 14 years of armed resistance to Portuguese colonial rule. The three major movements fighting the war, the Movimiento Popular de Liberación de Angola, (MPLA), the Front for the National Liberation of Angola (FLNA) and National Union for Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) signed the Alvor agreement in January 1975.

  4. Portuguese Angola. Portuguese Angola refers to Angola during the historic period when it was a territory under Portuguese rule in southwestern Africa. In the same context, it was known until 1951 as Portuguese West Africa (officially the State of West Africa ). Initially ruling along the coast and engaging in military conflicts with the Kingdom ...

  5. Aug 07, 2015 · The Portuguese arrived in present-day Angola in 1483. In the 17 th and 18 th century, Angola became a major Portuguese slave-trading area. The Portuguese government officially abolished the slave trade in 1836, and from 1885 to 1930 Portugal suppressed local resistance and consolidated its colonial control over the country.

  6. The Portuguese therefore withdrew from Angola in November 1975 without formally handing power to any movement, and nearly all the European settlers fled the country. The MPLA, in control of the capital city, declared itself the government of independent Angola and managed to win recognition from many African countries.

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