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About Matadi

Matadi is the chief sea port of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the capital of the Kongo Central province, adjacent to the border with Angola. It has a population of 245,862 (2004). Matadi is situated on the left bank of the Congo River, 148 km from the mouth and 8 km below the last navigable point before the rapids that make the river impassable for a long stretch upriver. It was founded by Sir Henry Morton Stanley in 1879.

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