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Shaka Zulu was an intelligent and powerful warrior during the early1800s In Shakasearly years he joined the warrior force of Chief Diniswayo who ruled the Zulus Shaka learned military tactics and organizations while he was with Diniswayos army Shaka Zulu was not a great leader because of his personality but rather because he trained his warriors exceptionallywellShakas biggest accomplishment was that hecreatedan army of 20000 and had destroyed an area of land 100 miles wide south of Tugela Even more significantly 1828 Shaka ruled 250000 people and created an army of 40000 warriors and killed 2000000 people during his reign Mass executions keep him in power until he started to overstrain his army and the unrest caused by the enforced celibacy became too much On September 23 1828 Shakas half brothers assassinated him After becoming so bloodthirsty Shakas bothers deemed Shaka mentally ill and feared he would cause the downfall of the Zulu tribe The following illustration accurately depicts a typical battle for Shaka and his warriors Mary Evans did the painting in 1847 This lithograph portrays thousands of Zulu warriors emphazing how success Shaka was in creating an army out of a rabble of five hundred men The assegai and the shield made Shaka godlike The assegai is a long stabbing spear that was made out of wood Both sides of the tips of his weapon were sharpened to go through any human body with a slight poke Both sides of the weapon are sharp so Shaka can fight enemies in front of him and kill the enemies that try to attack him from the back The second weapon that he used was his powerful shield His shield was a specialized made shield that had sharp tips on the front so he could block and stab people at the same time Shaka lead a great military unit that even after he died his army was still fighting1Shaka worked tirelessly to train
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