Women’s History Month Challenge, Day 29: Queen Nzinga
Queen Nzinga, also known as Ana da Souza (ca. 1583-1663) ruled the states of Ndongo and Matamba in present-day Angola.  She inherited the throne to Ndongo from her father in 1624 and founded the state of Matamba in 1626.  During her life, Europeans were encroaching on the African continent, and Nzinga is known for standing up to colonial forces.  She made negotiations with the Portuguese in an attempt to end slave raids and converted to Christianity (taking the name Ana da Souza).  Portugal went back on its word and Nzinga and her people fled.  She then allied herself with the Dutch against the Portuguese, but even with the help of the Netherlands she could not drive Portugal entirely out of her territory. Nzinga turned her focus to commercial power, and developed Matamba into a trading power.  Nzinga is remembered as a powerful figure in the fight against slavery and as a woman who refused to be defeated.
Source: Met Museum
Source: UNESCO
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Women’s History Month Challenge, Day 29: Queen Nzinga

Queen Nzinga, also known as Ana da Souza (ca. 1583-1663) ruled the states of Ndongo and Matamba in present-day Angola.  She inherited the throne to Ndongo from her father in 1624 and founded the state of Matamba in 1626.  During her life, Europeans were encroaching on the African continent, and Nzinga is known for standing up to colonial forces.  She made negotiations with the Portuguese in an attempt to end slave raids and converted to Christianity (taking the name Ana da Souza).  Portugal went back on its word and Nzinga and her people fled.  She then allied herself with the Dutch against the Portuguese, but even with the help of the Netherlands she could not drive Portugal entirely out of her territory. Nzinga turned her focus to commercial power, and developed Matamba into a trading power.  Nzinga is remembered as a powerful figure in the fight against slavery and as a woman who refused to be defeated.

Source: Met Museum

Source: UNESCO

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