King Afonso I Of Kongo

The Catholic King

Brief History

King Afonso, born Mvemba a Nzinga, was the king of the Kongo. He was king from 1506 to 1543. He was born in 1456. He added his name Afonso later on in his life after he was baptised by his father to become a christian. He was elected into Kingship, instead of inheriting it.

Soon he converted to catholicism. King Afonso was known for trying to stop the slave trade. He believed it was inhumane.

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