King Afonso I of Kongo: A Voice Against the Atlantic Slave Trade and enslavement of Africans

Written by on June 5, 2024

King Afonso I of Kongo, born Nzinga Mbemba, was a remarkable leader whose reign from 1506 to 1543 was marked by efforts to modernize his kingdom and curb the horrors of the Atlantic slave trade. His reign occurred during a pivotal period in African history, when European powers were establishing footholds on the continent, initiating trade relations that would have profound and often devastating impacts.

Afonso's ascension to the throne was influenced by his early conversion to Christianity, a result of the missionary efforts of the Portuguese, who had arrived in the Kongo Kingdom in the . . .

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