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Zambia

Zambia is today inhabited entirely by Bantu-speaking peoples but human occupation of Zambia dates back one to two million years ago. The British moved into Zambia in 1889 for mineral exploitation and the country formally became a British colony in 1924. From 1953 to 1964. Zambia then called Northern Rhodesia was federated with Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and Nyasaland (now Malawi) in the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland from 1953 to 1964. The country became independent in 1964. The country was a one party state between in 1972 and 1991 when multi-party elections were held. The decline in world copper prices since 1975 has negatively affected the economy.

Languages spoken

  • IciBemba
  • ChiChewa
  • Tsonga

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