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Lobito(lōbē`tō, lo͝ovē`tō), city (1983 est. pop. 150,000), W central Angola, on the Atlantic Ocean. Angola's most important port after LuandaLuanda
, city (1995 est. pop. 3,000,000), capital of Angola, a port on the Atlantic Ocean. It is Angola's largest city, its chief port, and its administrative center. Manufactures include processed foods, beverages, textiles, cement and other construction materials, plastic
..... Click the link for more information. , it is also a road hub and the western terminus of the trans-African Benguela railroad, which connects the port with the mines in the Congo and Zambia. The city is built mainly on reclaimed land. The harbor, protected by a sandbar, is among the best on Africa's west coast, but the Angolan civil war, which closed the railroad, caused the port to fall largely into disuse. Lobito was founded by the Portuguese in 1843. The completion of the railroad from Benguela in 1929 made Lobito an important commercial center and Angola's chief port, but it declined in the 1970s due to damage of port and rail facilities during the war of independence from Portugal.
a city in Angola on the Atlantic coast. Population, approximately 97,800 (1969). Lobito is a major seaport (turnover in 1967, 1.5 million tons). It is the final point on the trans-African highway from Beira (on the Indian Ocean). It has plants producing cement and asbestos-cement. Lobito exports manganic, copper, and zinc ores from the Republic of Zaire. Fishing also has economic importance.