Compendium of South African History and Geography Volume 1

Compendium of South African History and Geography Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1876 edition. Excerpt: ... the Great Fish River, from the sea to the great mountain range, the country is thickly populated with Kafiir tribes. On the other side of the mountains, the Bechuanas, their near kindred, are found stretching almost across to the Atlantic shore, from the very heart of the continent southward to the Orange River. The country to the north-eastward of the Cape Colony and to the southwestward of the present colony of Natal was found in the occupation of four great tribes, ---the Amampondomisi, the Amampondo, the Abatembu, and the Amaxosa, --who formed nations as distinct from each other as are the French and the Italians. Their language was the same, and their laws and customs varied very slightly, but in all that respected government they were absolutely independent of each other. The tribes further northward differ somewhat from these, but not very materially. The difference that exists has arisen from a mixture of Hottentot blood in the south-western tribes, especially in those furthest in advance, by whom some of the Hottentot click have been incorporated into the language. The Amamfengu tribe is of recent formation, and its history will be traced in ensuing chapters; Of these nations, the Amaxosa was the one bordering immediately upon the colony, and with which the white man has had to contend for supremacy. It had recently separated into two great sections: the Amagcaleka residing eastward of the Kei, and the Amararabe westward of that river; but its subdivisions were numerous and intricate. The Abatembu at that time occupied the land between the Bashee and Umtata rivers, from which position they were afterwards driven to the country about the sources of the Kei. Each nation was presided over by a great chief, whose government wasshow more

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  • Paperback | 110 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236927087
  • 9781236927088