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Samori Toure

Some background: Samori Toure was the founder of the Wassoulou Empire who resisted French colonial rule from 1882 to 1898."Samori developed a powerful, virtually professional army equipped with European arms and trained in modern methods of warfare. The army was divided into two flanks, the infantry or sofa, with 30,000 to 35,000 men, and the cavalry or sere of 3,000 men. Each wing was further subdivided into permanent units, fostering camaraderie among members and loyalty to both the…

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Candace Amanirenas of Meroe (40-10 BC)

Article Source: http://wysinger.homestead.com/amanirenas.htmlMeroitic-Kush never became part of the Roman empire – although the Romans tried to make it part. After the defeat of Mark Antony and Cleopatra VII at the Battle of Actium in 31 BC, Octavian became undisputed master of Rome and its territories, and as Augustus Caesar (31 BC-14 AD), the first true emperor, got control of Egypt (Aegyptus). He made it a Roman province, governed by a chief magistrate under his own control. Kush  just to…

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Ethiopian Stick Fighting circa 1880

I'm including a Falasha character in an upcoming book that takes place in 1880 and I wanted to make him an adept stick fighter. I came across the term Dula Meketa as being a stick fighting form practiced by the Orowa and was wondering if anybody knew anything more about this style, if it was in existence at this time. Other candidates I'm trying to research (thanks to Milton) are Suri stick fighting and Nuba. Just want to know if anybody has an opinion as to what the most likely candiate for a…

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Warfare in Atlantic Africa 1500-1800

I submitted this book review to Amazon several years ago.  I often refer to Warfare in Atlantic Africa 1500-1800.  It is an extremely useful source for information on how war was waged in Africa prior to colonial domination. There has been a regretable tendancy in history, military history in particular, to obscure or omit altogether African accomplishments. Certainly, the nonliterate nature of precolonial African societies has not led to the generation of copious documentation from original…

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