January 2023

The Prazo system

By |2022-09-15T12:41:27+02:00January 24th, 2023|Notes, O Level History Notes, Ordinary Level Notes|

African workers working on a Prazo. Image credit globalblackhistory.com

African workers working on a Prazo. Image credit globalblackhistory.com ZIMSEC O Level History Notes: The Portuguese in the Zambezi valley: The Prazo system
  • Prazos were large land grants given to the Portuguese settlers in the Zambezi valley by the Mutapas whose […]

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Methods used by Mzilikazi to establish the Ndebele State

By |2022-09-15T12:41:19+02:00January 24th, 2023|Notes, O Level History Notes, Ordinary Level Notes|

Mzilikazi Khumalo King of the Ndebele. Image credit africanfederation.net

Mzilikazi Khumalo King of the Ndebele. Image credit africanfederation.net ZIMSEC O Level History Notes:The Ndebele:Methods used by Mzilikazi to establish the Ndebele State

Mzilikazi and the Ndebele used the following methods to co-opt other tribes and form the Ndebele state North of […]


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Did the people of the Mutapa state benefit from the expansion of the state?

By |2022-09-15T12:41:00+02:00January 24th, 2023|Notes, O Level History Notes, Ordinary Level Notes|

An early Portuguese map showing the Mutapa state

An early Portuguese map showing the Mutapa state. Image credit MediaWiki ZIMSEC O Level History Notes: Mutapa State:Did the people of the Mutapa state benefit from the expansion of the state?
  • The expansion of the Mutapa state brought with it some benefits including:
  • Trade items […]

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Political Organisation of the Great Zimbabwe State

By |2022-09-15T12:37:09+02:00January 24th, 2023|Notes, O Level History Notes, Ordinary Level Notes|

A view inside the Great Enclosure. Image credit zarnet.ac.zw

ZIMSEC O Level History Notes: Great Zimbabwe state (Kingdom): Political Organisation of the Great Zimbabwe State

  • The king ruled the state and was helped to rule by his relatives,
  • the Great wives and others selected for exhibiting high levels of allegiance and loyalty
  • […]


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Evaluation of Tshaka’s rule

By |2022-09-15T12:36:54+02:00January 24th, 2023|Notes, O Level History Notes, Ordinary Level Notes|

Tshaka kaZulu

ZIMSEC O Level History Notes: The Zulu State: Evaluation of Tshaka’s rule

  • Shaka was a dictator and tyrant and performed many acts of inhumanity against his people and enemies
  • Shaka used terror and fear to rule his kingdom and consolidate his power
  • However some evidence available about Shaka sparing the […]

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Effects of the Prazo system

By |2022-09-15T12:36:47+02:00January 24th, 2023|Notes, O Level History Notes, Ordinary Level Notes|

The Portuguese introduced maize as a crop. Image credit voazimbabwe.com

ZIMSEC O Level History Notes:The Portuguese in the Zambezi Valley: Effects of the Prazo system

  • These were some of the effects of the Prazo system:
  • It led to Portuguese controlling more land
  • The Chikundas soldiers used by Portuguese to guard their land […]

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The Pioneer Corps

By |2022-09-15T12:36:24+02:00January 24th, 2023|Notes, O Level History Notes, Ordinary Level Notes|

Hunter and Guide Courtney Selous

ZIMSEC O Level History Notes:The Pioneer Corps

  • After obtaining the royal charter, Rhodes organized a party to occupy Zimbabwe
  • It was led by Frank Johnson and its guide was Fredrick Courtney Selous who was once a hunter in Zimbabwe
  • He sent out adverts worldwide for people […]

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Economic and Social Developments in Zimbabwe 1894 – 1969: Introduction

By |2022-09-15T12:36:12+02:00January 24th, 2023|Notes, O Level History Notes, Ordinary Level Notes|

Rhodesia Army marching to the Boer War with Salisbury(Harare) in background

ZIMSEC O Level History Notes: Economic and Social Developments in Southern Rhodesia(Zimbabwe) from 1894 – 1979

  • This topic will look at:
  • The resources used by the white settler in Zimbabwe
  • The various methods used by colonizers to recruit labour
  • Explain […]

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Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland: Hilton Young Commission

By |2022-09-15T12:35:47+02:00January 24th, 2023|Notes, O Level History Notes, Ordinary Level Notes|

Africa Unity Square during the Federation

ZIMSEC O Level History Notes: Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland: The Hilton Young Commission

  • This commission was headed by Sir Hilton Young
  • This commission recommended that the amalgamation be done between Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika and it excluded central African countries
  • It also suggested a […]

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