Full Title – The Last Amazon Warrior Women Book 1 – Merchants Of Death (Chapter One).
The ground quakes when the armies…
At the dawn of the sixteenth century, Spain was the richest and most powerful nation in the world and its king, by right, also ruled over Portugal, the second richest and most powerful nation in the world. Together, these two nations conquered the seas and discovered new parts of the world, making colonies out of them and slaves of the natives.
They had already discovered the Orient and conquered most of it, building forts and colonies to control the rich silk and spice trade, which brought in vast amounts of Chinese gold, Korean Gold, and Japanese silver. At that time, the King of Spain was receiving vast fortunes in gold and silver as a yearly income from the Orient alone, but that was soon suppressed by what was coming in from his Spanish and Portuguese territories directly across the Atlantic Ocean in the New World.
By the mid-1500s, the Spanish and Portuguese conquest of the New World was almost complete. The mighty empires of the Incas, and what was left of the Aztec empire, that ruled over most of the New World had been completely destroyed and the harvesting of the incredible wealth found there was well underway.
But there was a problem. That problem was a strange tribe… The Pira-Tapuya tribe.
In 1542, the Pira Tapuya tribe brought the advancement of the combined forces of the Spanish and Portuguese armies into the heavily forested interior of the New World to a halt. The strange thing about this tribe was that, unlike all the other native tribes of the New World, the women of this tribe fought side by side with their men and these women were even more ferocious than the men themselves. The leader of the first Spanish expedition, Francisco de Orellana, a top lieutenant of the Governor of Quito, Gonzalo Pizarro, fought the first ever Spanish battle against the Tapuya tribe and afterwards, awed by the ferocity of the warrior women, named them after a similar warrior women tribe that had existed in Asia centuries before… The Amazons. The mighty river that flowed through their territory was named the Amazon River and that entire region is that which is in present-day Brazil.
Over the course of two decades, the Amazon warrior women destroyed or discouraged every Spanish and Portuguese expedition into their territory. Eventually, the Spaniards mounted a full-scale military expedition against them and exterminated the Amazon tribe to extinction. This opened up the territory for settlement and rich precious stone mines were discovered there.
By the late 1500s, the king of Spain was receiving a golden galleon each year from his Spanish and Portuguese colonies in the New World, a massive warship loaded down with gold, silver and jewels (precious stones). Spain became, by far, the wealthiest nation in Europe and the envy of her arch enemies – the British and the French.
To protect their territories and prosperity, the Spanish increased their already large war Amanda (war fleet). Soon, fleets of large warships began to patrol the Atlantic Ocean, wiping out English and French competition with salvos of cannon fire.
The only continent in the world that was left undisturbed by the warring European superpowers of the time was Africa. But that didn’t last for long.
Within a decade, the activities of the Spanish war Amanda almost wiped out British and French shipping completely and this forced those two nations to take drastic steps to improve their Navy – the British, in particular.
The British built smaller and faster ships that could dance around the massive Spanish warships as they attacked. They also made allies with another clever shipbuilding nation of Europe, Holland. The French, not to be left out, joined in, building their own small, fast ships.
After several sea battles in which the Spanish Amanda was resoundingly defeated, the tide turned and British and French warships began to venture across the Atlantic to the New World, attacking every Spanish and Portuguese ship or settlement on sight.
The British were the first to establish their own territory in the New World, and then the French. (Today, Britain’s territories are jointly known as the United States of America while that of the French is Canada.)
The Goldrush and the Gold itself soon began to dry up in the New World and a new source of wealth came to light… large scale farming of cash crops – tobacco, coffee, cotton and sugar! The land was everywhere, endless tracts of it, but the workers were not. The native American Indian tribes weren’t physically built for such hard labor; they didn’t have the natural strength or stamina required. Very strong and tough workers were required here and the black natives of the slumbering African continent, with their immense natural strength and toughness, were ideal. The white plantation owners, the majority of whom made up the ruling caste of the Americas, were now faced with the huge problem of the massive costs of importing, training, maintaining and paying a large workforce entailing thousands of black people per plantation. The primitive black people of Africa were seen as savages at the time and so the profit-minded plantation owners chose the simple way around their problem… slavery!
The vastly wealthy and powerful plantation owners of North and South America began to buy black African slaves in droves and this changed the global economic and social structure of the time completely.
And so, it was that the attention of the European superpowers of the time turned fully to the slumbering continent of Africa and a new race for colonies began. The weakening Spanish empire and their Portuguese allies tried to hang on to the numerous forts and colonies they already possessed along the African coast but eventually lost a lot of them. The British, the French, the Dutch and even the Belgians were on a mad scramble for territories in Africa and their greed knew no bounds.
The Dutch and Belgians met little opposition as the native tribes they encountered in central Africa were weak, very primitive and completely defenseless against their superior weaponry. The Belgians massacred countless thousands of obstinate natives in the Congo alone in what has turned out to be the worst genocide of its time.
The British and the French, on the other hand, had things a lot more difficult.
The British encountered and had a lot of trouble with the mighty Fulani empire that dominated sub-Saharan northwest Africa; an empire already civilized and Islamized by way of its ancient ties to the Ottoman empire of the Turkish kingdoms. But they had a lot more trouble with King Shake, the high king of the militarized Zulu Kingdoms of southern Africa.
The French who hit the west coast of Africa directly were the ones that had things a lot trickier. Like the Spaniard did three centuries before them, they too encountered a band of ferocious warrior women that brought their advancement into the interior to a halt, pinning them to a single fort by the sea for years… the battle-hardened armies of the terrible Amazon warrior women of the Kingdom of Dahomey (situated in the present-day Benin Republic, a small country in West Africa.)
The Kingdom of Dahomey was the most militarized kingdom ever to exist on the continent of Africa; it was even more militarized than the Zulu kingdoms to the south. In fact, the only nation in world history that ever came close to the level of militarization of the Kingdom of Dahomey was Sparta of ancient Grace, and this is the reason why many knowledgeable historians of the time referred to Dahomey as the Sparta of Africa.
In the beginning, after its founding by King Dako I in the year 1625, the Kingdom of Dahomey was forced to maintain the finest male armies in order to survive because it was surrounded by very powerful enemy kingdoms and so was always at war. Over the course of two generations, the population of men in the Kingdom of Dahomey dwindled alarmingly due to continuous warfare. Eventually, King Gezo I, ascending to the throne of his fathers, solved the problem in 1718 by drafting the fearless gbetos, the powerful female hunters of the tribe, into his army. The move was so successful that it soon became the tradition for the girls of the gbeto social caste to join the army at a very young age in order to begin training early to become better warriors. Regiments of warrior women were formed, each thousands of warriors strong, and their leaders and commanding generals were the toughest warrior women.
The Amazons warrior women of Dahomey were trained from childhood to be fearless, extremely aggressive, skilled in armed and unarmed combat, impervious to pain or bloodshed, devoid of emotion and unbothered by death. Their survival skills were amazing and, often, young girls in training were sent off into dangerous regions of the forest without food for days on end.
At a time when most African tribes were primitive semi-nomads or farmers armed with crude knives, wooden bows and arrows, the Amazon women of Dahomey were dedicated warriors armed to the teeth with deadly weapons which included muskets, battle axes, long spears, broadswords, clubs and shields, all of high quality metal and exquisite workmanship.
In comparison to the Amazons of Dahomey, the mystical Amazons of Asia, and those encountered by the Spanish in the New World were child’s play.
Even before the middle part of the 1700s, the male warriors of the armies of Dahomey were relegated to second position and the warrior women were first. They formed the kingdom’s police, royal bodyguards and eighty percent of the army. These fierce warrior women terrorized the length and breadth of West Africa for almost two hundred years until 1889 when French troops came marching into their territory for the first time to set up a colony at a large town by the sea and named it Port Novo.
A unit of the Amazon warrior women promptly attacked and beheaded every living thing in two outlying villages of Porto Novo flying the French flag. They wrapped the heads of the chiefs of those villages in the flags and sent them off to the French stronghold, a fort built by the sea in Porto Novo.
The inevitable war that followed was one of the biggest and longest ever fought between a European nation and any native African or American tribe. It lasted for well over five years and countless thousands were killed on both sides.
The first battle was fought in a heavy downpour. Unfazed by the superior weaponry of the French, their modern rifles and cannons, the generals of the Amazon warrior women threw their forces at the French legionaries, driving them back to their fort by the sea where their cannons saved them, killing the attacking Amazons in their countless numbers.
In the course of five years, both sides fought twenty-three battles and always, the Amazons were in the forefront of the armies of the King of Dahomey with the male regiments in a more reserved position. The last major battle saw both sides incur heavy losses with the armies of Dahomey being worse off due to a lack of modern weapons. Whole regiments of the Amazon army, thousands of women warriors, were wiped out in one day and yet they remained defiant.
During the fifth year, the French brought in even more troops and weapons than the previous year and began preparations to launch a new offensive. The King of Dahomey, King Béhanzin the first of his name, now wary of war and fearful for his kingdom, tried to negotiate for peace. The French allowed him one month of deliberation after their blunt demand of total and unconditional surrender, but the Amazons would have none of it.
While the king deliberated after banning the army from any further war on the French, the Amazons changed tactics completely. They began to run a full-scale covert operation which would later become known to the French as ‘les pièges de sexe’ or in English ‘the sex traps’. There were more than ten thousand French troops and other officials staying in Porto Novo now, but there wasn’t a single French woman among them. The men got their sexual satisfaction freely from the common woman of Porto Novo and its outlying villages and even maintained a group of them as sex slaves within their fort. The Amazon flooded Porto Novo with the most attractive women in their ranks, sending them into the fort as willing sex slaves.
The result was swift. More than four hundred French men were killed in the first week alone, several more going completely missing while roaming Porto Novo in search of new women for sex. The commanders of the French army were confused at first, but with their best soldiers and officers turning up dead in their beds and the sex slaves going on killing frenzies right inside the fort, fighting with skill and ferocity until killed with salvos of gunshots, they caught on fast. They cut short the period of grace given to the King of Dahomey from one month to two weeks.
King Béhanzin succumbed to the demands of the French and that cost him the loyalty of what was left of his Amazon armies.
The powerful generals of the Amazon army revolted against their king and pledged their loyalty to his twenty-four-year-old step-sister, known as Princess Natisia to early European missionaries, making her their queen. Then, taking the powerful fifteen-year-old high priestess of the kingdom who supported them, three thousand young women and five hundred young men of the healthiest ordinary folk, and two hundred French prisoners of war, the Amazon warrior women regrouped, closing up their shattered ranks, and went marching out of the Kingdom of Dahomey into perpetual exile.
Five thousand, six hundred warriors strong, the Amazon army went on a forced march northward into the heavily forested interior of Africa, away from their home and away from the sea from which the French ships came. They crossed the mighty inland river to the far north and vanished into the thick virgin forests beyond, never to be seen or heard of again.
Continued – Chapter 2
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