Information about King João I of Kongo

King João I of Kongo ((unknown) - 1509)

João I of Kongo, alias Nzinga a Nkuwu or Nkuwu Nzinga, was ruler of the Kingdom of Kongo between 1470 and 1509. He was baptized as João on 3 May 1491 by Portuguese missionaries. Due to his interest in Portugal and its culture, he initiated a major cultural initiative in 1485 upon the arrival of Diogo Cão. It was under these conditions that the first Atlantic Creole emerged, forming in both Central Africa and in Portugal.

King João I of Kongo reigned in...
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Manikongo Nzinga a Nkuwu (King João I) Flag of Kongo Kongo 1470 1509
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