Portuguese Africa: The Sleeper

Amid the tumult of a crumbling continent, one massive chunk of Africa sleeps on. It is the Africa of Portugal, oldest of all the colonial powers.*

Its two big territories straddle the continent's southern stem and cover an area as large as Western Europe. One is square, massive Angola (pop. 4,500,000), which sprawls below the Congo along 1,100 miles of the western Atlantic shore, where Lisbon's navigators arrived in the isth century. Across the continent is the other half of Dictator-Premier António de Oliveira Salazar's African empire, Mozambique (pop. 6,300,000), whose Indian Ocean ports are among the best on the...

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