The Ancient Kingdoms Of Africa Essay

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James Madison once said “Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions” ( ). Power itself is something that everybody attempts to attain because it brings about wealth, prestige, respect and so much more. But power itself is something that can be difficult to attain and once it is attained it can be used in such a way that will become abusive in destructive. Many ways power is gained is through the conquest of new land: with new lands comes material wealth, more control and respect from followers. This is true for the ancient kingdoms of Africa; many kingdoms gained wealth and prestige by taking over neighboring states in order to expand their own regime. The ancient Zulu nation, located in South Africa, rise to one of the superpowers in the 18th century, in Africa is attributed to strong militant leadership and trading opportunities, but they had a dramatic downfall in which the civilization crumbled apart. In this paper, I will first explain how the emergence of a strong leader like Chaka helped the Zulu nation grown in power through the use of a strong military. Then I will further demonstrate how the fall of the leader Chaka and interference of European powers with advanced technology lead to the downfall of the nation.
The Zulu where once people that lived in small farming communities: they grew crops and managed cattle in order to make a living: they were…

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