The Portuguese Speaking Countries in Africa: Names or Territory Demarcation?

Pansau Tamba


This article aims to discuss the process of naming the African countries colonized by Portugal. The research is based on bibliographic nature, revising the texts that discuss the arrival of Europeans in general and the Portuguese in particular in the African continent. The results show that the names given to Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and São Tomé and Principe precisely did not come from the local people vision, but from the territory demarcation as well as due to linguistic errors. The article presents the trajectory linked to the word Africa and, in sections, the historical narration about the precess of naming each of the above African countries.

Keywords: Africa; country names; Portugal; exploration

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