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Mutesa I

(1838—1884)


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(died 1884)

Kabaka (King) of Buganda (now in Uganda) (1857–84). An autocratic monarch, he furthered his country's wealth by opening up trade, often in slaves, with Arab merchants. He strengthened Buganda's army and improved its bureaucracy. He subdued Bunyoro, the leading state in south Uganda. Although a Muslim, he welcomed Christian missionaries. They were followed by the British East Africa Company, causing tensions that were unresolved when he died.

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