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Aqualtune Ezgondidu Mahamud da Silva Santos, also known as Aqualtune, was a remarkable Kongo princess who lived during the 17th century. While much of her early life remains shrouded in mystery, her legacy as a leader, warrior, and mother of influential figures in the Palmares quilombo has left an indelible mark on history.

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Nzinga of Ndongo and Matamba

Nzinga of Ndongo and Matamba was a powerful ruler in Southwest Africa. She received military and political training from a young age and served as an ambassador to the Portuguese Empire. Nzinga formed alliances to rebuild her forces and successfully conquered the Kingdom of Matamba. She formed a crucial alliance with the Dutch, reclaimed portions of Ndongo, and resisted Portuguese colonization. Nzinga’s intelligence, political wisdom, and military tactics have solidified her legacy as a significant historical figure in Angola.

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