History Of Nzinga Of Angola

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In the past, women in Africa have held a variety of statuses across the continent. Between the years 1500 and 1800 some were in high positions of power while others were forced into slavery and many others were somewhere in between. By looking at the different situations we can see that no matter what position a women was in, far too often she was still regarded as less of a person just because of her sex. Nzinga of Angola was a women living during the late 15th and 16th centuries. She was in the Kingdom Matamaba on the eastern coast of southern Africa where many Portuguese were coming for slaves. Her involvement with the Portuguese allowed her to eventually ascend to the throne after her brother died. She had a large influence over the slave trade and by the 1640s Matamaba was the largest state in the region. Nzinga clearly knew how to grab onto and hold power. Contact and negotiation with the Portuguese and eventually the Dutch was most likely not what most people in the region wanted, but she did …show more content…
The Nnamasole were mothers of kings, called the Kabaka, and emerged during the 16th and 17th centuries. During this time women were sent to become wives of the Kabaka and any one of their sons could become the next Kabaka. These women had a large influence over whether or not their son would ascend to the throne and could have a large amount of control over how their son ruled if they were to become the Kabaka. These Queen Mothers were important in Ganda and the gold fields in Asante. Although the Nnamasole had a large amount of power, they were still behind a man who was the ultimate ruler. These women probably didn’t get much credit for the amount of influence that they had over their sons which is very unfortunate since they were so close to them. However, it seems that they were highly valued in their societies, so this may not necessarily be the

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