By Jim Haskins
Meet the best heroes of africa--from old to fashionable times"The books within the Black Stars sequence are the categories of books that may have quite captivated me as a kid."--Earl G. Graves, Black firm magazineKofi AnnanAskia the GreatBambaataBehanzin Hossu BowelleStephen BikoCetewayoConstance Cummings-JohnImhotepKenneth KaundaJomo KenyattaKhamaSir Seretse KhamaPatrice LumumbaAlbert John LuthuliNelson MandelaMenelik IIMosheshMansa MusaKwame NkrumahJulius NyerereNzinghaPiankhyRabahHaile SelassieAlbertina SisuluOsei TutuYoussef I
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They built settlements and forts, and when they could not do so with the cooperation of the local people, they took what they wanted by force. When Nzingha was old enough to do battle, she led her army of fierce women warriors against the Portuguese, but her forces were beaten back. Unlike the Amazons, who fought with spears, the Portuguese had firearms. Although the Angolan warriors were at a disadvantage because 29 30 their weapons were no match for those of the Portuguese, they often managed to hold their own through bravery and sheer numbers.
Each time the Boers invaded Basutoland, they were beaten back. Moshesh in his mountain fortress was never in serious danger, and his forces managed to kill two of the leading Boer commanders. When Moshesh was in his eighties, he took a clever nonmilitary step against the Boers. He decided that the best way to protect his people after he was gone was to place them under the protection of the Boers’ main enemy, the British. Moshesh died in 1870. He was praised in Basutoland and in 42 ✦ HEROES OF THE STRUGGLE AGAINST EUROPEAN INCURSION ✦ Europe as one of the most remarkable African leaders of all time, particularly as a great diplomat.
Approaching a place near the Caledon River called Thaba Bosigo, Cathcart saw a huge herd of cattle feeding on the mountainside, guarded, it seemed, by a group of old women. He divided his forces and sent one unit to round up the cattle, another along the road that led to the heights and Moshesh’s stronghold, and kept the third with him below to await developments. Too late, the force sent to get the cattle realized they had ridden into a trap. They had managed to round up about four thousand head and were driving them down the mountain through a narrow pass when about eight hundred Basuto cavalry attacked them from out of ✦ MOSHESH ✦ 41 nowhere.
African Heroes (Black Stars) by Jim Haskins