WHO ARE THE PEOPLE OF TEMBE?
History of the Tembe Kingdom.
The Tembe people have a unique history and culture that sets them apart from their Zulu, Swazi and Shangaan neighbours. They are said to have established their kingdom in South-East Africa. The founders of the Tembe people migrated from Karanga, what is today known as Zimbabwe, to the areas surrounding Delegoa Bay around 1554.
They gradually established a mighty kingdom, which extended into the Delagoa Bay (Maputo) hinterland. Their kingdom stretched from the Pongola (Maputo) River in the west to the Indian Ocean in the east, and from Delagoa Bay in the north to around the Sodwana Bay area in the south. The kingdom reached its apex in the late 18th century under King Mabhudu III who established a powerful relationship with the Zulu King, Shaka KaSenzangakhona.
Later on, their kingdom splited into two groups. This happened after the death of Silamba. Silamba's oldest son Muhali, who represented the senior branch of the AmaThonga people, settled west of the Maputo River, north of Usuthu and the junior branch under Mangobe, settled off the Maputa River. This junior branch became to be known as Mabhudu or Maputo, which is currently the capital of Mozambique.
In1875, the British and Portuguese Imperialists clashed in the Tembe Kingdom. Mac Mahon, a French President arbitrated by drawing a line unknowingly through the Tembe Kingdom in order to settle a land dispute between the British and the Portuguese.