coolchicksfromhistory: Queen Nzinga with Her Entourage, Kingdom of Kongo, 1670s by Antonio Cavazzi (Source). Nzinga was a 17th century queen who thwarted Portuguese colonization with her military skill and diplomatic cunning. An excellent military strategist, she led troops into battle past the age of 60. Nzinga also provided a haven for escaped slaves, many of whom joined her army. For more information: Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast, There’s Always a Seat for Queen Nzinga…
Garcia II Nkanga a Lukeni a Nzenze a Ntumba, also known as Garcia Afonso for short, ruled the Kingdom of Kongo from 1641 to 1661; he is sometimes considered Kongo's greatest king for his religious piety and his near expulsion of the Portuguese from Angola.
Kingdom of Kongo Court - coastal kingdoms like the Kongo used the profits from the slave trade to purchase guns (among other things), which helped them expand and consolidate their kingdoms. Those who resisted were sold to the Europeans.
King Nzinga Mvemba of the Kongo accepted Christianity and, with Portuguese assistance, sought to introduce European influences to his state. The ravages of the slave trade were a major reason for the limited success of the policies. Africa, in general, tried to fit the European concepts they found useful into their belief structures.