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Shaka Zulu

Shaka Zulu

Shaka Zulu was the most influential leader of the Zulu Empire. He has been called a military genius for his reforms and innovations, and condemned for the brutality of his reign.

Military experts have called Zulus The 'Spartans of Africa.' Like the Spartans, Zulus fought in disciplined military units and trained their children to be warriors. Zulus fought with a large shield and a long spear called the iklwa for stabbing.

Zulus also used a knobkerrie, a mace or club-like weapon to beat their enemies to a pulp!

Region: Africa, the Zulu Empire
Weapons: Iklwa, Ishlangu, Iwisa, Spit of Poison, Zulu Axe
Reign: 19th Century