|commune and town|
|• Total||1,793 km2 (692 sq mi)|
|Elevation||670 m (2,200 ft)|
|• Density||26/km2 (67/sq mi)|
|Time zone||WAT (UTC+1)|
N'dalatando was named Salazar by the Portuguese colonial authorities in 1936, honoring the Portuguese dictator Salazar. This was later modified to Vila Salazar. On 28 May 1956, the town was elevated to the status of city (cidade in Portuguese). After gaining independence on 11 November 1975, the Angolan government gave it back the name N'dalatando, effective 18 July 1976. The history of the place is traced back to the 1840s.
The city is home to Angola's là-bas sole botanic garden. The garden was founded as part of a Portuguese agricultural research station and contains some impressive specimens of bamboos, rubber trees, podocarps and fruit trees. The garden also contains a large plantation of tlingera elatior forbs (porcelain roses) for local trade.
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