Kingdom of Lunda

LundaLunda EmpireLunda KingdomLund EmpireLunda plateauLuunda Empire
The Nation of Lunda (c. 1665 – c. 1887) was a confederation of states in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, north-eastern Angola, and north-western Zambia, its central state was in Katanga.wikipedia
183 Related Articles

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Democratic Republic of CongoCongoDR Congo
1665 – c. 1887) was a confederation of states in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, north-eastern Angola, and north-western Zambia, its central state was in Katanga.
In the centre and east, the kingdoms of Luba and Lunda ruled from the 16th and 17th centuries to the 19th century.

Zambia

ZambianRepublic of ZambiaNorthern Rhodesia
1665 – c. 1887) was a confederation of states in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, north-eastern Angola, and north-western Zambia, its central state was in Katanga. The Lunda people were able to settle and colonialize other areas and tribes, thus extending their kingdom through southwest Katanga into Angola and north-western Zambia, and eastwards across Katanga into what is now the Luapula Province of Zambia.
The Nkoya people also arrived early in the expansion, coming from the Luba–Lunda kingdoms in the southern parts of the modern Democratic Republic of the Congo and northern Angola, followed by a much larger influx, especially between the late 12th and early 13th centuries

Lunda people

LundaBalundaLunda (Luapula)
The Lunda people were able to settle and colonialize other areas and tribes, thus extending their kingdom through southwest Katanga into Angola and north-western Zambia, and eastwards across Katanga into what is now the Luapula Province of Zambia.
The Lunda (Balunda, Luunda, Ruund,Bapunu,Bayaka,Bajagas) originated in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo along the Kalanyi River and formed the Kingdom of Lunda in the 17th century under their ruler, Mwata Yamvo or Mwaant Yav, with their capital at Musumba.

Luapula Province

LuapulaLuapula Province, Zambia
The Lunda people were able to settle and colonialize other areas and tribes, thus extending their kingdom through southwest Katanga into Angola and north-western Zambia, and eastwards across Katanga into what is now the Luapula Province of Zambia.
In the 19th century, the valley was dominated by the Kingdom of Lunda of Mwata Kazembe.

Kingdom of Luba

LubaLuba EmpireLuba Kingdom
One of these rulers, Ilunga Tshibinda, came from the nation of Luba where his brother ruled and married a royal woman from a nation to their south. The kingdom became a confederation of a number of chieftainships that enjoyed a degree of local autonomy (as long as tributes were paid), with Mwata Yamvo as paramount ruler and a ruling council (following the Luba model) to assist with administration.
The Luba model of governing was so successful that it was adopted by the Lunda Kingdom and spread throughout the region that is today northern Angola, northwestern Zambia, and southern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Eastern Lunda

Kazembe-LundaKazembe-Lunda or Eastern LundaEastern Lunda or Kazembe-Lunda
At the same time, a Lunda chief and warrior called Mwata Kazembe set up an Eastern Lunda kingdom in the valley of the Luapula River.
The Lunda people of the Luapula River valley in Zambia and DR Congo are called by others the Eastern Lunda to distinguish them from the 'western' Lunda people who remained in the heartland of the former Lunda Kingdom, but they themselves would use Kazembe-Lunda or Luunda with an elongated 'u' to make that distinction.

Chokwe people

ChokweChokwe ethnic groupChokwe tribesmen
The kingdom of Lunda came to an end in the nineteenth century, when it was invaded by the Chokwe, who were armed with guns.
The Chokwe were once one of the twelve clans of the great Lunda Empire of 17th- and 18th-century Angola.

Kazembe

Mwata Kazembe Kazembe Kazembe chiefdom
At the same time, a Lunda chief and warrior called Mwata Kazembe set up an Eastern Lunda kingdom in the valley of the Luapula River.

Angola

Republic of AngolaAngolanAO
1665 – c. 1887) was a confederation of states in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, north-eastern Angola, and north-western Zambia, its central state was in Katanga.

Katanga Province

KatangaShabaShaba Province
1665 – c. 1887) was a confederation of states in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, north-eastern Angola, and north-western Zambia, its central state was in Katanga.

Ilunga Tshibinda

One of these rulers, Ilunga Tshibinda, came from the nation of Luba where his brother ruled and married a royal woman from a nation to their south.

Tribute

tributarytributestributary system
The kingdom became a confederation of a number of chieftainships that enjoyed a degree of local autonomy (as long as tributes were paid), with Mwata Yamvo as paramount ruler and a ruling council (following the Luba model) to assist with administration.

Lake Tanganyika

TanganyikaLakes Tanganyikalake
In the eighteenth century a number of migrations took place as far as the region to the south of Lake Tanganyika.

Bemba people

Bemba Bemba Awemba
The Bemba people of Northern Zambia descended from Luba migrants who arrived in Zambia throughout the seventeenth century.

Luapula River

LuapulaLuapula ValleyLuapala
At the same time, a Lunda chief and warrior called Mwata Kazembe set up an Eastern Lunda kingdom in the valley of the Luapula River.

Berlin Conference

Conference of BerlinBerlin Conference (1884)Berlin West Africa Conference
At the start of the colonial era (1884), the Lunda heartland was divided between Portuguese Angola, King Leopold II of Belgium's Congo Free State and the British in North-Western Rhodesia, which became Angola, DR Congo and Zambia respectively.

Leopold II of Belgium

Leopold IIKing Leopold IILéopold II, King of the Belgians
At the start of the colonial era (1884), the Lunda heartland was divided between Portuguese Angola, King Leopold II of Belgium's Congo Free State and the British in North-Western Rhodesia, which became Angola, DR Congo and Zambia respectively.

Congo Free State

CongoCongoleseHeads of state of the Congo Free State
At the start of the colonial era (1884), the Lunda heartland was divided between Portuguese Angola, King Leopold II of Belgium's Congo Free State and the British in North-Western Rhodesia, which became Angola, DR Congo and Zambia respectively.

North-Western Rhodesia

North-WesternNorth West Rhodesia
At the start of the colonial era (1884), the Lunda heartland was divided between Portuguese Angola, King Leopold II of Belgium's Congo Free State and the British in North-Western Rhodesia, which became Angola, DR Congo and Zambia respectively.

List of rulers of the Lunda Empire

Rulers of Ruund (Luunda)complete listEmperor of Lunda
The Lunda Empire was a pre-colonial Central African state centered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo whose sphere of influence stretched into Angola and Zambia.