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Title:My heart tells me that I have done nothing wrong: the fall of Mandume
Author:Silvester, JeremyISNI
City of publisher:Windhoek
Publisher:Discourse/MSORP Publications
Geographic term:Namibia
traditional rulers
Kwanyama polity
About person:Mandume (d. 1917)
Abstract:In 1911 a teenage boy became the leader of the Kwanyama people of Owamboland. The boy's name was Mandume. His six years as leader of the Kwanyama people were years of struggle against the colonial powers operating in the region. The Kwanyama lived mainly on land that was claimed by the Portuguese as part of their colony of Angola, but a considerable number of Mandume's subjects also lived south of the Angolan border on land which Germany claimed as part of its colony of Deutsch Südwestafrika. The present booklet provides a preliminary account of Mandume's life, with the emphasis on the final months. It is based on the analysis of official documents and correspondence compiled mostly by the British and South African military he confronted, and preserved in the National Archives of Namibia.