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Excerpt from A History of Namibia by Marion Wallace with John Kinahan

A History of NamibiaIn A History of Namibia Marion Wallace and John Kinahan trace the country’s development from its beginnings, all the way through to 1990. In this excerpt, shared by Namibiana Buchdepot, they discuss the years from 1894 to 1903, when Namibia was under German rule.

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On 1 January 1894, Theodor Leutwein arrived in SWA to replace Curt von Francois as the head of the colonial administration (rudimentary as it was). The balance of power was now to swing decisively in favour of the colonisers for the first time. By the end of 1896 Leutwein had quelled immediate opposition to German occupation, concluded agreements with those groups that had previously held aloof from Goring and von Francois, and begun to set up the structures of colonial rule. In the following year, African pastoralists were devastated by the epidemic of rinderpest. Thus the conditions for colonial development were created: for the first time, German settlers arrived in South West Africa in some numbers, and an infrastructure of roads, railways and harbours began to be created.

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