THE KINGDOM OF THIS WORLD

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The King of Angola (King of the Kongo Kingdoms) (page 165)

The King of Angola would have been the King of the Kongo Kingdom, encompassing what is known today as northern Angola, Cabinda, the Republic of the Congo and the western portion of the Democratic republic of the Congo.

Map showing the ancient Kingdom of Angola

The Dynasty lasted from 1400-1914 (though the record is unclear between 1718 and 1793). The ruling kings of Angola during the time of the Haitian Revolution would most likely have been Dom Henrique III Afonso Nlengi, King of Kongo (Manikongo) 1793-1802, Dom Alvaro XI Afonso Kafvasa, King of Kongo (Manikongo) 1802, and Dom Garcia V Afonso Ne Nkanga a Nvembi, King of Kongo (Manikongo) 1802-1830.

Their rule bears similarity to The Kingdom of This World due to the manner of their ascent to the throne. Between 1794 and 1800 the reigning King was poisoned (similar to Macandal using poison) to bring into power a man of trust among the peoples of the Kongo Kingdom.

On page 165 of the novel, Ti Noel is said to be possessed by the spirit of the King of Angola at a festival of drums; using the sacred powers of vodou. This is important because vodou was one of the major factors in the Haitian Revolution and helped the people of Haiti bring down slavery and follow Ti Noel, toward the end of the novel after King Henri Christophe was overthrown. They saw Ti Noel as a new leader or “King” and showered him with gifts and herds of animals that grazed on his lands.

For further information, including more maps, go to:

http://www.africafederation.net/Kongo_History.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_of_Kongo

 

For the country of Angola (mentioned on page 40), follow this link.



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