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The Republic of Congo is located in central Africa and shares borders with countries including Gabon, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Gulf of Guinea, and the Angolan enclave province of Cabinda, amongst others; this former French colony also has a tiny strip of Atlantic Ocean coastline. It gained independence in 1960 when the former French area in the mid-Congo became the Republic of Congo.
In order not to be confused with the DRC, the Republic of Congo is also known as Congo-Brazzaville while the DRC is known as Congo-Kinshasa. The country has its largest city and economic centre in Brazzaville, which is situated on the banks of the iconic Congo River – a legendary African destination famous throughout the entire world. Another important city in the Republic of Congo is Pointe Noire – the capital of the Kouilou Region and located in the Pointe Noire Bay, which is an extension of the Atlantic Ocean sea... Show more