Located in southwestern Africa, Angola is one of the wealthiest countries on the continent and in the world. With a GDP of approximately $200 billion, it's the second largest oil and diamond producer in sub-Saharan Africa. In 1484, Portuguese explorer Diogo Cao happened on northwestern Congo and built a relationship with the region on behalf of Portugal. Angola became a Portuguese colony in the late 16th century, and after achieving independence in 1975, there was a 27-year civil war. Since 2002, the country has been working its untapped tourism potential, while it picks up the pieces of its destructive past.
Known as the African Baobab, the imbondeiro is the national tree of Angola. It's thought to contain everything needed for human survival. Its giant trunk can hold up to 120,000 liters of water, and it's known to have medicinal properties that help the body fight anemia, rheumatism, dysentery, and other ailments. Imbondeiros live for up to 6,000 years, and its wood has been used to manufacture instruments, ropes, and threads. This tree is native to the Mayombe forest.
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