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 Form 3 History: European Invasion and the Process of Colonization of Africa

Course of Ndebele war

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Course of Ndebele war:
-The war broke out in October 1893. The British army was led by Dr.Starr Jameson and comprised the shona police and other mercenaries from South Africa.
- At that time, the Ndebele had been weakened by smallpox and inferior weapons leading to little confrontation between them and the British.
- Lobengula chose to evacuate his people towards Northern Rhodesia.
-At the two battles of Shangani River and Mbembezi. The Ndebele were defeated by superior European gun-fire.
- The conquerors took advantage of the natives' inner divisions, with people of the low castes remaining passive and even some traitors helping the invaders.


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