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N'dalatando, formerly Vila Salazar, is a town, with a population of 161,584 (2014), and a
commune A commune is an intentional community of people sharing living spaces, interests, values, beliefs, and often property Property (''latin: Res Privata'') in the Abstract and concrete, abstract is what belongs to or with something, whether ...
in the municipality of Cazengo, province of Cuanza Norte Province, Cuanza Norte, Angola. It is also the seat of the Cazengo Municipalities of Angola, municipality and the provincial capital.


History

The city is very close to Caculo Cabaça, Kabasa which was the historic center of Ndongo, the core kingdom that evolved into the Portuguese colony of Angola.John K. Tho ett anton. ''A History of West Central Africa to 1850''. Chapter 2 N'dalatando was named Salazar by the Portuguese colonial authorities in 1936, honoring the Portuguese dictator António de Oliveira Salazar, Salazar. This was later modified to Vila Salazar. On 28 May 1956, the town was elevated to the status of city (''cidade'' in Portuguese). After gaining independence on 11 November 1975, the Angolan government gave it back the name N'dalatando, effective 18 July 1976. The history of the place is traced back to the 1840s.


Geography

The city is limited in the north by the river Luinha, and in the east, south and west by the Lucala River.


Transportation

It is served by a station on the northern railway of Luanda Railway. The national road No. 230 links N'dalatando to Luanda in the West and Malanje in the East.


Culture

The city is home to Angola's là-bas sole botanic garden. The garden was founded as part of a Portuguese agricultural research station and contains some impressive specimens of bamboos, rubber trees, podocarps and fruit trees. The garden also contains a large plantation of Etlingera elatior, tlingera elatior forbs (porcelain roses) for local trade.


References

Populated places in Cuanza Norte Province Communes in Cuanza Norte Province Provincial capitals in Angola {{Angola-geo-stub