Congo's wealth of mineral deposits--copper, diamonds, gold--has attracted foreigners to the country throughout history. Imperialist settlers flooded the country, attracted by its natural resources. With colonial rule ending in 1960, Congo began its independent struggle to form a working government and endeavor toward becoming a modern nation.
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