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P. 143. In a letter written shortly before the first attack, Maharero tried to inform Witbooi about these intentions. This message, sent to the kaptein of the Rehoboth Basters (a group of mixed descent that settled some 50 miles south of Windhoek after moving from South African into Namibia by the mid-19th Century), was instead handed over to the Germans. Maherero's words - a quotation of it served as the title for the English issue of Drechsler's book demonstrates the desperate situation of the African population and at the same time supports the argument of inter-tribal contact, reducing the ethnic pattern to one of several factors: All our obedience and patience with the Germans is of little avail, for each day they shoot someone dead for no reason at all.
For the internal basis of this development, see especially Gervase Clarence-Smith and Richard Moorsom, op. cit. Central State Archives in Potsdam, GDR, Imperial Colonial Office, Document No. ; quoted in Heinrich Loth, From Insurrection to an Organised Liberation Struggle, op. , p. 37. Documents of the Central State Archives in Potsdam, GDR, Imperial Colonial Office, Document no. ; quoted in Heinrich Loth, From Insurrection to an Organised Liberation Struggle, op. , p. 34. See the illustrative description by Heinrich Loth, 'Kolonialismus und Antikolonialismus: Aspekte der Geschichte des Sudlichen Afrika aus der Sicht deutscher Quellen', in Asien, Afrika, Lateinamerika, 8( 1980)4, pp.
This agreement, signed by nearly all the representatives oflocal power in the southern Namibian region, was an impressive short-lived attempt to maintain some Mrican control over the changing situation in Namibia. The participatation of 18 Colonialist-Capitalist Relations in Namibia missionaries in the drafting of this document led to a strong emphasis on the independent position of the individual religious leaders, who maintained their opposition to all efforts to establish stronger centralisation of the existing power structures.