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Thereafter, the kingdom suffered a rapid decline and within 100 years of Kaleb’s death had lost its trading partners and the territories it had ruled. At the same time soil erosion and the people’s overuse of its natural resources weakened Aksum’s local economy. All that is left of ancient Aksum are the ruins of the capital, with its giant carved stone columns. These columns were probably grave monuments for the tombs of Aksum’s pre-Christian kings. See Food and Drink. L ocated on a spit of land near the NILE RIVER delta, Alexandria is the second largest city in EGYPT and the country’s main port.
The country also has deposits of natural gas. HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT In ancient times, hunting and gathering societies inhabited the area that is now Angola. * large migrations from other parts of southern Africa brought Bantu-speaking peoples to the region. These groups eventually established a number of independent, centralized kingdoms, the most important of which was the Kongo. Angola later took its name from another early kingdom, known as Ngola. The Colonial Period. Portuguese explorers reached Angola in 1483.
Another ancient tradition that survives today is Angola’s rich oral literature— stories that have been passed down for many generations. africa_vol1 1/14/03 9:07 AM Page 31 Animals, Domestic The country’s rural inhabitants often follow the same traditions and ways of life their ancestors did. Others, especially city dwellers, have adopted more modern lifestyles. In every region and walk of life, Angolans retain long-standing ethnic loyalties and distinctions. The many differences that enrich Angola’s culture also continue to fuel the nation’s political unrest.