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Without written records from the Zulus, historians and anthropologists have compiled their history from an abundance of sources. We first learn about the Zulu as a small tribe of the Bantu who live in South Africa. Shaka Zulu, the man who organized her into an empire, was born the illegitimate son of a Zulu king. He was sent away with his mother Nandi to grow up in their tribe, the Langeni, but he eventually caught the eye of Dingiswayo, the leader of another powerful tribe called Mtethwa. Shaka, who was appointed leader of a squadron called Ibutho, developed new tactics, including a short “iklwa” combat spear and a simple but effective military maneuver called “Bull Horn”. When his father died, Shaka – now a successful military leader – returned with Dingiswayo’s support to murder the rightful heir and take control of his tribe. Just a year later, the neighboring tribe of the Ndwandwe Dingiswayo murdered and Shaka swore vengeance on their leader, Zwide. Then he started a bloody war, which in combination with the strains caused by European colonization led to Mefacane or Crushing.
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