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Title:A Fragment of Colonial History: The Killing of Jakob Marengo
Author:Masson, J.R.
Periodical:Journal of Southern African Studies
Geographic terms:Namibia
biographies (form)
History and Exploration
Ethnic and Race Relations
About person:Jakob Marengo
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/2637023
Abstract:This paper deals with some hitherto unpublished information on the events leading up to the killing of Jakob Marengo by the British, and the manner of his death, on the 20 September 1907. This is discussed in the context of Marengo's role in the 1903-1907 Nama uprising in what was then German South West Africa, and his place in the historiography of the colonial resistance movement of Namibia. Jakob Marengo was of mixed parentage, with a Herero father and a Nama mother. He was brought up in the Cape Colony. The Bondelswart uprising of 1903 against the Germans brought him to prominence as a resourceful guerrilla leader. His killing in 1907 by the British, who had decided to actively collaborate with the Germans in neutralizing Marengo, was to the Germans the final act in the suppression of the Herero-Nama insurrection. By that time, the Nama were divided politically, fragmented socially, and destroyed economically. They had no capacity to fight on. Nevertheless, the sacrifices of the Nama, and of Marengo himself, were not in vain, because they formed part of the foundations for the continuing struggle against colonialism in Namibia until independence was achieved in 1990. Notes, ref., sum.