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African Queens

Women Who Ruled in Africa


No, not the movie African Queen ... but two real women who led their people in military campaigns in the 16th and 17th centuries:

Amina (1533-1600), queen of Zazzua, a Hausa city-state in what is now Zaria province in Nigeria, extended the territory of her people and built up wealth through trading routes and tribute. Read more: Amina, Queen of Zazzua

Nzinga (1581-1663), queen of the Ndonga and Matamba (modern day Angola), resisted the Portuguese and tried to control their slave-trading incursions in her central African territory for thirty years. She's especially known for a clever outsmarting of the Portuguese in negotiations: they tried to humiliate her by not having a chair available for her. Read more: Anna Nzinga

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