It is believed that the
Pygmies were the first inhabitants of the Congo region. Much later the Bantu & Nilotic
peoples migrated into that region. By the 8th century the Congo was divided into kingdoms &
empires. In the 1840's
the Portuguese arrived & began trade with the native kingdoms of the
Congo region. The native population of
the Congo began a rapid decline in the 19th century
through the establishment of a slave trade.
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