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NZINGHA AMAZON QUEEN OF MATAMBA, Angola  AFRICA (1582-1663)

One of the great women rulers of Africa, Queen Anna Nzinga of Angola fought against the slave trade and European influence in the seventeenth century.Known for being an astute diplomat and visionary military leader, she resisted Portuguese invasion and slave raids for 30 years. Nzingha was of Angolan descent and is known as a symbol of inspiration for people everywhere.  She was a member of the ethnic Jagas a militant group that formed a human shield against the Portuguese slave traders. As a visionary political leader, competent, and self sacrificing she was completely devoted to the resistance movement. She formed alliances with other foreign powers pitting them against one another to free Angola of European influence. She possessed both masculine hardness and feminine charm and used them both depending on the situation. She even used religion as a political tool when it suited her. Her death on December 17, 1663 helped open the door for the massive Portuguese slave trade. Yet her struggle helped awaken others that followed her and forced them to mount offensives against the invaders. These include Madame Tinubu of Nigeria; Nandi, the mother of the great Zulu warrior Chaka; Kaipkire of the Herero people of South West Africa; and the female army that followed the Dahomian King, Behanzin Bowelle.

McKissack, P, C. (2000)  Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba, Angola, Africa, 1595. Scholastic Inc.

So I definitely remember reading at least one of the Royal Diaries series when I was younger. I didn’t know they were still going on, and I didn’t know they had one for Queen Nzinga. That’s pretty great!

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