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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • See Shaba.

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  • proper n. A region in southeastern Congo, originally conquered by the Congo Free State (owned by the Belgian king, not his European state) but administered as a corporate mining concession.
  • proper n. Since 1910, an autonomous part of the Belgian colony Congo.
  • proper n. Since 1933, a regular province, until 1947 however named after its capital: Elisabethstad in Dutch or Elisabethville in French.
  • proper n. In 1960 a unilaterally declared independent state; in 1961-63 reconquered by Congo and reorganized in three provinces until 1966; renamed Shaba 1972-1997 as part of president Mobutu's Zairization.

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