The Life of Shaka Zulu

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In Shaka Zulu, otherwise known as Shaka kaSenzangkhona or King Shaka,was a very militaristic king and was known for his peerless leadership. Shaka was born in 1787 and was the child of Nandi, a daughter of Bhebhe, the past leader of a rival tribe, and Senzangakhona kaJama, who was a Zulu chieftain. Due to complications, Shaka ended up spending his early childhood in his mothers settlements. When he was still young, Shaka was in the armed forces under the command of Dingiswayo and Mthewate. Shaka showed his courage and ability consistently under their command. When Shaka’s father died, his brother turn the crown for himself. Of course, Shaka believed that he should be the chieftain of the Zulus and with the air of Dingiswayo he had his brother assassinated. Then Shaka assumed the crown. The Zulus way of fighting was typically very defensive by nature. After Dingiswayo was killed by Zwide, a powerful chief of the Ndwandwe clan, Shaka felt the need to get revenge. He first murdered Zwide’s mother by locking her in a house with hyenas, showing his murderous and violent side. He didn’t kill Zwide until later. Shaka soon became well known and respected. Due to his past as a soldier, he could tell his “warriors” about the quickest and most efficient way of becoming powerful was by conquering other tribes. Shaka continued to praise Dingiswayo as an overlord and idol to his warriors. Zwide still continued to be a bother, which caused the Battle of Gqokli Hill. It took place on

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