of the Swazi People
The Swazis are a bantu speaking people who are predominantly
nguni in language and culture. They originate from east central africa.
As part of the nguni expansion southwards, the swazi crossed the Limpopo
river and settled in southern tsongaland Mozambique in the late fifteen
Their leader was Dlamini, a man of embo nguni background. After 200 years,
the Swazi still under a series of chiefs of the Dlamini clan, moved into
the region on the Pongola river where they lived in close proximity to
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|Later on economic pressures
of land shortage finally brought these two groups to blows afterwhich
battle, the Swazis retreated to the central area of modern Swaziland.
Here the Swazis continued the process of expansion by conquering
numerous small sotho and nguni speaking tribes to build up a large composite
state toady called Swaziland.
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