The History of Congo by Charles Didier GondolaThis book begins with a survey of Congos early history, when diverse peoples such as the Luba, the Kuba, and the Nilotic inhabited the area, and continues by tracing the countrys history through the Belgian period of colonization and the dictatorships of Mobutu and Kabila. Biographical portraits present important figures in Congos storied history. An annotated bibliography and chronology help make this the most current and accessible introduction to this fascinating, complex, and long-suffering nation.
The Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly Zaire, is located at the center of Africa. The country encompasses the entire Congo River Basin, the potential source of 13% of the worlds hydroelectric power. The Congo River Basin also contains one-third of Africas rainforests, countless species of trees, and more then 10,000 species of flowering plants. Congo contains extremely valuable deposits of diamonds and coltan, a metal used in high-tech machinery. Because of this abundance of natural resources, Congo has unfortunately been the site of colonial domination, repressive dictatorships, and internecine violence between rebel groups and neighboring countries.
A Charles River cruise shows you Boston and Cambridge from a completely different perspective. On these small boat cruises, you'll experience nature and city - close up! On the Boston side of the river, you'll pass Beacon Hill, Back Bay, and even one of Boston's quirkiest landmarks, a vintage Citgo sign. Will you find big differences among the cruises? Yes, you actually will. Keep reading to find out more about each cruise and what you may especially enjoy about each of them.
Gondola Di Venezia also known as Boston Gondolas is a one of a kind Located only steps away from the heart of Boston , The Esplanade is the gateway to The Charles River, complete with Venetian style, canals, bridges and Lagoons. Indulge in The History , Mystery and Romance of this very private experience. Your gondolier will pamper you and provide you with glasses, ice ,ice buckets and warm blankets when necessary. Special arrangements can be made for Monday through Thursday tours at additional cost. Come see what Boston's Best Kept Secret is all about!
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In normal years, Joseph Gibbons and Steve Bruno would get to work this weekend, meticulously preparing two foot wooden gondolas, the Maria and the Firenze, for the water. They would check for rot, repaint the bottoms, polish the brass. But not anymore. After 17 years of plying the waters along the Esplanade, the Charles River gondoliers are hanging up their foot oars. It takes a lot of work setting it up and breaking it down.