Saturday, May 10, 2014

Republic of the Congo - Brazaville - Mémorial Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza

Thanks to Tian Zi Yi of China for arranging it to be sent from Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo.

Pietro Paolo Savorgnan di Brazzà, then known as Pierre Paul François Camille Savorgnan de Brazza (26 January 1852 - 14 September 1905), was an Italian explorer, born in the Papal States and later naturalized as a Frenchman. With the backing of the Société de Géographie de Paris, he opened up for France entry along the right bank of the Congo that eventually led to French colonies in Central Africa. His easy manner and great physical charm, as well as his pacific approach among Africans, were his trademarks. Under French colonial rule, the capital of the Republic of the Congo was named Brazzaville after him and the name was retained by the post-colonial rulers. (read further)