Duffy, James
April 1961
Foreign Affairs;Apr61, Vol. 39 Issue 3, p481
Academic Journal
The article reveals that Portugal is the oldest European colonial power that occupied a few of the territories in Africa. The Portuguese colonies in Africa are not only materially prosperous but also they rich in terms of natural resources. A large part of Portuguese exports, notably wine and cotton goods, is destined for Africa, and a large percentage of Portuguese African products such as coffee, tea, sisal, copra, and diamonds go into the world market. The economic picture is not only entirely favorable for Portugal but also it had never been better, and without the African provinces Portugal's economy would have suffered seriously. Portuguese colonies like Angola and Mozambique have a vast role in the economy of Portugal. The Portuguese have followed an informal policy of individual assimilation. This has led to the growth of resentment in opposition groups outside the colony such as Leopoldville and Conakry to raise voice against Portuguese occupation. The matter heightened to such an extent that Portugal lost a seat in the Security Council of the United Nations Organization.


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