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He managed to keep his blindness a secret for a while, but eventually the truth leaked out. His subjects did not believe he could govern them successfully, ✦ ASKIA THE G R E AT ✦ 25 and in the midst of the unrest his son forced him to abdicate. Askia stepped down in 1529 after a reign of more than thirty-six years. But the disloyal son soon died, and Askia directed another son to retake power. He returned to the palace and lived there until he died in 1538. Timbuktu flourished for another half century before Morocco invaded and conquered the Songhays in 1591.
In the years that followed, Queen Nzingha adopted a number of Christian European ways, including the outlawing of religious sacrifices and polygamy, or the taking of multiple spouses. She even sent a message to the pope in Rome, asking for more Catholic missionaries. To set an example, she married one of her courtiers in a church wedding when she was seventy-six years old. She died five years later. When her body was displayed for her subjects, she was dressed in royal robes, a bow and arrow in her hands.
He was treated well and became something of a celebrity, for there were some in the Cape Colony who felt he had just been doing his duty as a ruler and trying to protect his kingdom from invasion. In Cetewayo’s absence, many chiefs in Zululand tried to seize power over the kingdom. In some ways it was now more of a threat to the British than when Cetewayo had been in power. The region was beset by such unrest that at last Queen Victoria granted Cetewayo’s request to travel to England to meet with her.