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Queen Nzinga

Learn about the African Queen who fought off the slave trade for 30 years! Edan shares the exciting story Queen Nzinga, a bad-ass ruler brought her own chair to a conference. Don’t worry it will all make sense. The gal-pals also have fun with languages, escape rooms, and getting their brain around which way the Nile flows.

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Show Notes & Extras

  • This month’s gal pals are Dr. Leah Leach, Bonnie Fillenwarth, Katie Harris and Edan. Bonnie has already talked about Wangari Maathai 
  • Get-to-know-you question: what is something interesting about Africa that you think people should know because it’s so fascinating?
  • Language fun
  • Great Migration documentary (YouTube Clip)
  • Escape Room tangent
  • The Nile is messing with ya brain!
  • It’s baaaaack! Is A Hot Dog a Sandwich?
  • Edan’s 1 Cool African Gal is Queen Nzinga
  • Mcdonald’s Little Known Black History Facts


  • Queen of the Mandu people
  • Born in 1583 in what is now known as Angola
  • Portuguese slave trade
  • French and English competitors in the slave trade
  • Nzinga goes to a conference


  • Dona Anna de Sousa, her Portuguese/Catholic name
  • 1626 started her rule
  • Formed alliances to stop the slave trade for 30 years!
  • Begining of slave ships in the Americas
  • Nzinga in her 60’s and still on the battlefield
NPG D34632; Ann Zingha by Achille DevÈria, printed by  FranÁois Le Villain, published by  Edward Bull, published by  Edward Churton, after  Unknown artist
by Achille DevÈria, printed by FranÁois Le Villain, published by Edward Bull, published by Edward Churton, after Unknown artist, hand-coloured lithograph, 1830s

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