New for Malawi
Livingstone's former "hunting ground" was under threat from the Portuguese and Arab slavers in the late 1880's when the resident Scottish missionaries and the African Lakes Company called on Rhodes for support. The region became the British colony of Nyasaland after aggressive diplomatic conflict with Germany in 1890. In 1964, as part of the program to dilute the power of white racists in Rhodesia, Britain released the colony and it became Malawi.
Find out more with a new Timeline for Malawi, and discover the life of two Malawian leaders:
• John Chilembwe was a western educated, Baptist minister who led an unsuccessful revolt against British authority in Nyasaland in 1915. Considered one of the region's first nationalists.
• Bingu wa Mutharika was the hand picked successor in 2004 to Malawian President Bakili Muluzi (who had run his two-term limit in the post). To Muluzi's dismay, Mutharika cast off his mentor's cloak and set out to fight corruption and reform Malawi's economy and agriculture. However, by the time he reached his second term, political infighting (against Muluzi's camp) and an increasingly autocratic style of rule had reduced the country's political and economic stability.
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