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Those old enough to remember may recall first learning about Angola when they were the opening-round opponent for the U.

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S. Men's Basketball Dream Team at the 1992 Olympics. Those who have no recollection of the Dream Team may know it as an oil-rich country in Southern Africa that was a Portuguese colony until 1975. That’s why it’s one of the few countries in the world where the official language is Portuguese, and you’ll find architecture reminiscent of Lisbon in the capital city of Luanda.

You’ll also find a diverse topography here, beginning with the Congo Basin in the north, running into the Namib desert in the middle of the country, heading out to the nearly 1,000 miles of coastline. You can even go on safari in Angola in Kissama National Park, which got a whole new fleet of animals once the country settled into peace.