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Queen Nzinga M’Bandi

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In the 17th century, Queen Nzinga M’Bandi ruled for 40 years as the leader of N’Dongo and Matamba, also serving as Luanda’s Governor for three years, representing the Portuguese.[1]Known as the resilient leader of the Mbundu people, the monarch who fought against the Portuguese spread of the Transatlantic Slave Trade in Central Africa. She had to fight the slave traders to serve her country. Nzinga is an example of the leaders of local regions who did not deliberately sell their people into the Transatlantic Slave Trade.She frequently dressed as a man.

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