Today I got a great postcard from the Republic of the Congo! The postcard shows the Brazzaville mausoleum, which is dedicated to Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, an Italian explorer who opened up Central Africa for French colonization through the Congo. The capital of the Republic of the Congo, Brazzaville, is also named after him. Congo, as the country's name is often shortened to, is a former French colony that only gained independence in 1960. It is usually confused with its neighboring country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Thanks Tian!