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Pointe Noire Department

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Pointe-Noire is the second largest city in the Republic of the Congo, following the capital of Brazzaville, and an autonomous department since 2004. Before this date it was the capital of the Kouilou region . It is situated on a headland between Pointe-Noire Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Pointe-Noire is the main commercial centre of the country and has a population of 715,334, expanding to well over 1 million when the entire metropolitan area is taken into account.ClimateThe climate is tropical monsoon.AdministrationPointe-Noire is a commune divided into six urban districts : Patrice Emery Lumumba district, the oldest area. It is the administrative and commercial centre.Mvou-MvouTié-TiéLoandjili districtMongo-Pokou districtNgoyo districtHistoryThe name Pointe Noire originated with Portuguese navigators who saw a block of black rocks on the headland in 1484. From then on, Pointe Noire, called Ponta Negra, became a maritime point of reference, and then a small fishing village starting in 1883, after the French signed a treaty with local people, the Loangos.
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