Namaqualand - Encyclopedia




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NAMAQUALAND, a region of south-western Africa, extending along the west coast over 600 m. from Damaraland (22° 43' S.) on the north to 31° S., and stretching inland 80 to 350 m. It is divided by the lower course of the Orange river into two portions - Little Namaqualand to the south and Great Namaqualand to the north. Little Namaqualand forms part of Cape Colony, and Great Namaqualand is the southern portion of German South-West Africa. The people of Namaqualand are the purest surviving type of Hottentots, and number some twenty to thirty thousand.

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