Series Archives: History of the amaNdebele

Mzilikazi

This entry is part 2 of 20 in the series History of the amaNdebele

This entry is part 2 of 20 in the series History of the amaNdebeleIt has often been proved by history that the formula for greatness lies in being born in the right place and at the right time, and such was certainly the case with Mzilikazi kaMashobane. Mzilikazi was a man whose particular symmetry of […]

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Ndebele Exodus from Zululand

This entry is part 3 of 20 in the series History of the amaNdebele

This entry is part 3 of 20 in the series History of the amaNdebeleIt was an apprehensive Mzilikazi who slowly emerged from the Ngome forests and cautiously led his people northwards out of Zululand. Incrementally the vulnerable body of women, children and fighting men probed forward, frequently pausing to take stock, fearing at the same […]

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Robert Moffat

This entry is part 4 of 20 in the series History of the amaNdebele

This entry is part 4 of 20 in the series History of the amaNdebeleIn the year 1816 the rather anonymous arrival in Cape Town of a 21 year old missionary echoed similar daily arrivals and departures in a town that had by then been established as an international sea port for more than 160 years. […]

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Mzilikazi, the Zulu, the Griquas and the Boer

This entry is part 6 of 20 in the series History of the amaNdebele

This entry is part 6 of 20 in the series History of the amaNdebele As Robert Moffat’s wagons slipped over the southern horizon and disappeared Mzilikazi turned back towards enKungwini to face arguably the greatest series of challenges to the long term survival of the amaNdebele that he had confronted thus far. The first of […]

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Crossing the Limpopo

This entry is part 7 of 20 in the series History of the amaNdebele

This entry is part 7 of 20 in the series History of the amaNdebeleFor the victorious Boer horsemen the sight of the amNdebele streaming north through the mountain passes of the Dwarsberg must have carried with it more than a sense of simple satisfaction. In the tradition of conquest and counter conquest theirs was now […]

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Lobengula

This entry is part 8 of 20 in the series History of the amaNdebele

This entry is part 8 of 20 in the series History of the amaNdebeleThe young prince who had so narrowly escaped death at the hands of his father settled into life as a youth in amaNdebele society in a way little different from any other. The date of Lobengula’s birth is obscure, but if, as […]

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The death of Mzilikazi and the arrival of the white man

This entry is part 9 of 20 in the series History of the amaNdebele

This entry is part 9 of 20 in the series History of the amaNdebeleThe Matabele Mission died in due course of depletion and internal discord, proving only that no man or woman in Matabeleland would dare to commit to anything that competed with the stern residue of Mzilikazi’s rule. However the political importance of the […]

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