João I of Kongo

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João I of Kongo (died 1509), alias Nzinga a Nkuwu or Nkuwu Nzinga, was ruler of the Kingdom of Kongo between 1470 and 1509.wikipedia
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Kingdom of Kongo

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João I of Kongo (died 1509), alias Nzinga a Nkuwu or Nkuwu Nzinga, was ruler of the Kingdom of Kongo between 1470 and 1509.
Nzinga a Nkuwu took the Christian name of João I in honor of Portugal's king at the time, João II.

Afonso I of Kongo

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She had a son by the king named Nzinga Mbemba.
In 1506 King João I of Kongo (the name Nzinga a Nkuwu took upon his conversion) died, and potential rivals lined up to take over the kingdom.

Nkuwu a Ntinu of Kongo

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King Nkuwu a Ntinu was the father of Nzinga a Nkuwu, the king ruling Kongo when the Portuguese arrived in 1483.

Portuguese discoveries

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He was baptized as João on 3 May 1491 by Portuguese missionaries.

Diogo Cão

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Due to his interest in Portugal and its culture, he initiated a major cultural initiative in 1485 upon the arrival of Diogo Cão. In 1483, a Portuguese caravel captained by Diogo Cão reached the estuary of the Congo River and made contact with subjects of the king.

Atlantic Creole

It was under these conditions that the first Atlantic Creole emerged, forming in both Central Africa and in Portugal.

Congo River

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In 1483, a Portuguese caravel captained by Diogo Cão reached the estuary of the Congo River and made contact with subjects of the king.

Nsundi

A thousand subjects were detailed to help the Portuguese carpenters build a church, meanwhile the Portuguese soldiers accompanied the king in a campaign to defend the province of Nsundi from Bateke raiders.

Teke people

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A thousand subjects were detailed to help the Portuguese carpenters build a church, meanwhile the Portuguese soldiers accompanied the king in a campaign to defend the province of Nsundi from Bateke raiders.

Traditional African religions

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