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Nova Lisboa(nō`və lēzhvō`ə), city (1983 est. pop. 203,000), W central Angola. The chief town of inland Angola, Huambo stands on a high plateau and serves as a road, rail, and air transport hub and as a commercial and shipping center for a rich agricultural region. Huambo exports grain, rice, hides, skins, and fruit. Milling and the production of lime are carried on in the city. Following independence in 1976, civil war devastated the city's economy; Huambo was a stronghold of the UNITA leader, Jonas SavimbiSavimbi, Jonas
, 1934–2002, Angolan rebel leader. He was a founding member of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) in 1966. Savimbi was included in the interim independent government with Neto and Roberto in 1974 but returned to armed opposition
..... Click the link for more information. . Huambo was founded in 1912.
(Nova Lisboa), a city in Angola, capital of Huambo District. Population, 50,000 (1969). The city has a railroad station and an airport. It is the center of an agricultural region where grain and livestock are raised. Foodstuffs, construction materials, paint and varnish, and bicycles are produced in Huambo.