South-West Africa by William EveleighSouth-West Africa by William Eveleigh

South-West Africa

byWilliam Eveleigh

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1915. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... Chapter XI THE ECONOMIC FUTURE OF THE COUNTRY After a visit paid to South Africa in 1895, Mr. (now Viscount) Bryce published a volume of "Impressions," in which he made the following reference to South-West Africa: "Great Namaqualand and Damaraland constitute an enormous wilderness, very thinly peopled, because the means of life are very scanty . . . the country taken all in all, and excepting the little explored districts to the north-east, towards the Upper Zambesi--districts whose resources are still very imperfectly known--is a dreary and desolate region, which seems likely to prove of little value."* That this was the prevailing opinion of the country for many years there can be no doubt to the student of South African history, but with the development of the territory by the Germans opinion has undergone a radical change, and it is now recognised that South-West Africa is a valuable mineral and agricultural country. What is the future of the country to be under British rule? Herr Dernburg had no doubt what it would be under German rule. He regarded it as the most promising of the German overseas possessions, and saw in it a " potential Argentina or Canada," and anticipated the day when the "tide of immigration will turn thither from the * Bryce, "Impressions of South Africa," p. 37. channels which in the past depleted the home country, without helping towards the consolidation of a new Germany abroad," and he points to the day when "3,000,000 cattle and 10,000,000 sheep will pasture upon its vast inland prairies." But according to his critics Herr Dernburg was a colonial enthusiast who "juggled with millions and balanced himself with percentages." One has more than a suspicion that he was in the habit of holding out to his countrymen brilliant pic...

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Title:South-West AfricaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:January 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217872697

ISBN - 13:9780217872690

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