Presentation on theme: "An Ideal “King” BEGIN Nzinga (“Ginga”) Mbande was a seventeenth-century African ruler. She led the nation of Ndongo, in the western part of what is now."— Presentation transcript:
Nzinga (“Ginga”) Mbande was a seventeenth-century African ruler. She led the nation of Ndongo, in the western part of what is now Angola.
G inga’s father was the king of Ndongo and fought three wars against Portugal. The Portuguese were invading the area, capturing people for slavery. When Ginga’s father died, her brother became king. She began to take on his responsibilities because he was not a strong king. responsibilities
W hen Ginga’s brother died, she became the country’s ruler. To get her people’s respect, she had them call her King instead of Queen. She also showed that women could be strong in other ways.other ways
Ginga met with the Portuguese governor to make a treaty. Even though he provided no chair for her to sit on, she showed that she was equal to him by having one of her followers kneel on the ground to become a seat for her. Due to this show of authority, Ginga was able to negotiate a good treaty for her people. BACK
All of Ginga’s bodyguards were female, and she formed three regiments of women in her army.
Ginga showed her skill as a war leader when Portugal invaded again. Her tactics included hiding her warriors in the jungle and staging ambushes.war leader
Ginga made many attempts to help her people. She ended up moving everyone to the highlands of Matamba in order to save them from the Portuguese. attempts
Ginga made deals with other African nations and with the Dutch for help. She even married the chief of a neighboring tribe to gain their aid.
Ndongo remained strong due to Ginga’s influence, even after she died. Eventually, the country became part of modern Angola. A great diplomat, a fierce war leader, and a strong ruler, Ginga showed that, for a leader, being male or female really doesn’t matter. Today Ginga is a hero to many Africans because of her struggle to keep Portugal from conquering all of West Africa.