One Brave woman's fight against slavery.
Narcissus of Matamba is the assumed name of the Angolan Princess Kifunji Mbandi in a story occurring in turbulent colonial South America between 1625 and 1711.
Narcissus is the bloodline grand daughter of a dead Angolan warrior queen who legend has will rise from the dead to live again in her grand daughter Kifunji (Narcissus) and drive the hated Portuguese and their slave trading evil out of her country, Angola.
To ensure the legend does not come true, the Portuguese in Angola kidnap Narcissus and slave boat her to Brazil. They presume that she will die during the voyage, but she does not.
In Brazil, a sugar cane baron who is destined to become the governor of Rio de Janeiro buys her as a slave. Narcissus becomes his spy and the mother of his son. In his service, she takes part in the expedition that discovers the El Dorado goldfields and the riches from them, which manage to save Portugal from bankruptcy.
As the slave trade increases to millions of Angolans taken each year and the King of Portugal taxes most of the gold from the Brazilians, the governor now finds Narcissus to be a political embarrassment and declares her an enemy of the state. His plan to deport her and have her murdered at sea fails and Narcissus escapes into San Paulo town.
The resentment, over the kings gold tax, grows year by year between the Paulistas and the Portuguese until it finally flares into a war to decide who will own the goldfields the Portuguese monarchy or the Brazilian people.
Narcissus funds, arms, and forms her own mounted cavalry unit there by becoming a Brazilian freedom fighter. She wages total war, giving no quarter and asking none, earning herself the name Black Mamba in salutation to her battlefield ability.
  • ISBN13: 9781432704698
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press
  • Pubilcation Year: 2007
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 00316

Narcissus of Matamba

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