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Shaka, the leader of the Zulu Kingdom from 1816 to 1828, had a significant impact on the economic landscape of Southern Africa during the Mfecane, a period of widespread chaos and warfare among indigenous ethnic communities in southern Africa during the period between 1815 and about 1840. Firstly, Shaka brought a significant number of nations under his control, which allowed him to create a huge economic network (Morris, 1965). This was done by his creation of centralized systems and warfare practices which greatly disrupted the existing economic structures (Hamilton, 1995). He introduced a strategic military system that he used to conquer and unify numerous smaller tribes into a powerful Zulu nation. As the Zulu Kingdom expanded, so did its economic influence. Shaka developed supply chain systems to support his armies, and this propelled economic development within the area. It required the development of various crafts, increasing specialization and innovation (Hamilton, 1995). Shaka’s military conquests facilitated economic growth as populations moved and resources were redistributed, creating conditions for new trade networks. However, Shaka's methods also had negative impact. The displacement of people and the disruption of local structures, including economic systems, led to instability and the creation of refugee communities. Areas that had previously been significant in trade were often decimated. References: - Morris, Donald R. (1965). The Washing of the Spears. Da Capo Press. - Hamilton, Carolyn (1995). Terrific Majesty: The Power of Shaka Zulu and the Limits of Historical Invention. Harvard University Press.

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March 28, 2024, 2:16 p.m.

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Published: Thursday, March 28, 2024

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