HOW DID THE RISE OF ZULU AFFECT THE NEIGHBOURING STATES?

HOW DID THE RISE OF ZULU AFFECT THE NEIGHBOURING STATES?
  • Shaka’s rule set off the Mfecane. This was the period characterized disorder, misery, and suffering.
  • It led to the killing people, especially among the weak tribe escaping from the area.




  • Human settlements were destroyed as societies moved to areas of safety.
  • Many conquered people were absorbed into Zulu culture and customs and were called Amazulu.
  • The neglect of agriculture led to famine that claimed the lives of the ruminants of war.
  • Many people were displaced, some areas become virtually empty while others like mountain tops become highly populated.
  • The Zulu neighbors had to pay tributes to Shaka inform of women and cattle
  • There was the emergency of defensive kingdom/states such as the Sotho state under Mosheshe and the Swazi under Sobhuza.
  • The neighbouring people were forced to move long distances in search for safer places for their lives.
  • Shaka militarism and tactics were copied by neighboring peoples and his increased war fare in South Africa.
  • People became cannibals. They started to eat fellow human beings in order to survive.
  • Many states lost their independence to the Zulu.




  • It also led to raise of other states in South Africa for example the Ndebele, Sotho state.
  • Trade in the region was disrupted. This was because traders would be attacked by the warrior
  • His wars created a vacuum in interiors thus attracting the Boers.

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