Kings and Queens of Kongo
Africa has a large amount of different natural landforms. The continent contains deserts that have intense heat,
mountains that have a rather cold climate, vast forests, parched savannas, and rivers that flow through Africa
perfectly. It is divided into four parts: West, East, Central, and Southern.
Central Africa is in the middle of the continent Africa. It contains a large part in Africa.
Africa has many diverse cultures. The individuals who live in Africa speak 25% of the 6,000
languages that the planet earth has. Africa had many flourishing cultures, languages, and traditions. To control this
flourishing country they had to have great leaders. The kings and queens of Central Africa worried about their flourishing
countries. They were concerned with the increasing power and amount of land. They were also worried about equality,
education, art, agriculture, and trade. Many kings and queens had to rule through the difficult times in their kingdom
like the arrival of the Europeans, the increasing amount of slave trade, and unsettled land they had to deal with. The rulers
had to work hard to protect and rule their communities. Many stories about the kings
and queens have been passed on through stories and songs. The travellers that arrived to Africa would write about the rulers.
The Europeans that first arrived in 1444 would also leave accounts of events that involved the kings and queens.
This is why we know so much about the history of the kings and queens in Africa. The first people that settled in Central
Africa came from Nigeria and Cameroon twenty-four centuries ago. These people that arrived spoke Bantu languages.
These people grew crops, farmed the land, and grew many vegetables. They fished and traded in places that rivers were present at.
They developed villages and communities though the time. Central Africa did not contact Arabs and Berber traders like the West and East of Africa did.
Central Africa did not come in contact with Islam therefore it did not spread in Central Africa. The first people that actually came in contact with Central
Africa were Christian Europeans. In Central Africa there were three main kingdoms: Kongo, Bakuba, and Bamum.
Kingdom of Kongo : Ruler Alfonso
Kongo was the most controlled and composed.
It was discovered in the late 1300s and it survived for about a 100 years in a natural African atmosphere. The Kongo kingdom changed entirely when the Portuguese arrived.
It changed a large amount in the Kingdom.
Kingdom of Bamum : Ruler Njoya
The Bamum Kingdom was an heir to another kingdom that was founded 700 years ago. These Kingdoms left a large impact on Africa. This is why people are
interested in it. It is a fascinating continent and people like to learn more about it.
Kingdom of Bakuba : Ruler Shamba
The Bakuba kingdom was never as high in power like Kongo kingdom but it
had a very peaceful ruler who was named Shamba Bolongongo. The Bakuba Kingdom did not have negative units like the other kingdoms therefore it was able to have foreign things they wanted to have. The kingdom was very peaceful.