• Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


Namibia was first settled by people from the Khoisan language group. The earliest, the nomadic San people, were followed about 2000 years ago by the pastoral Nama, who became dominant in the south. In the 9th century AD the Damara settled the central grasslands (known as Damaraland). Other clans followed and by the 19th century three Bantu peoples were established: the Herero in northeastern and central Namibia (Kaokoland); the Ovambo around the Kunene River in the north; and the Kavango people in the east. In the far east, the Barotse expanded from Zambia to settle the Caprivi Strip while the Tswana (from Botswana) settled the edges of the Kalahari desert.


Parliamentary Election Export Processing Zone Kalahari Desert Bicameral Legislature Central Grassland 
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Further Reading

  1. Kaela, L. C. W., The Question of Namibia. 1996CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Melber, Henning, Re-examining Liberation in Namibia: Political Cultures Since Independence. 2003Google Scholar
  3. Sparks, D. L. and Green, D., Namibia: the Nation after Independence. 1992Google Scholar
  4. National Statistical Office: National Planning Commission, Government Office Park, Block D2, Luther Street, Windhoek.Google Scholar
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