Key Historical Events. First occupied by France in 1882, the Congo became a territory of French Equatorial Africa from 1910-58, and then a member state of the French Community. It became an independent Republic on 15 Aug. 1960.
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- Thompson, V. and Adloff, R., Historical Dictionary of the People’s Republic of the Congo. 2nd ed. Metuchen (NJ), 1984Google Scholar