• South Africa’s mainland: Botswana, Lesotho,
Swaziland, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia,
Zambia, Angola, Malawi.
• South Africa’s islands: Madagascar, Seychelles,
• Varied terrain. Forests, Kalahari and Namib
deserts, grasslands on large plateau
• Platinum, uranium, gold, iron, diamonds
The Kimberley Diamond Mine
The Land 2
• Zambezi (Victoria Falls) main river
• Prevailing winds blow off shore. Keep
Namibia coast dry.
• Moist air from Indian Ocean blows west.
Gives eastern South Africa humid
• Drakensburg Mts. create rain shadow for
• Long history of migration creates diversity
• 75% of South Africans are black
• Whites are Dutch (Afrikaners), German,
• Blacks are Zulu, Xhosa, Swazi, Ndebele,
• Mostly Christians. Some Islam, Hindu,
• Most widely spoken language of whites is
• Most are subsistence
• Raise sorghum, cassava,
• Manufacturing 2nd largest
• South Africa richest country,
• Produce cars, buses for
• Ecotourism creates jobs
• Khoisan first inhabitants, then Bantu farmers
from West Africa 2,000 years ago with iron tools
• Shona built Great Zimbabwe, stone-walled
capital, in late 1,000s. Traded gold.
• 1400s Europeans looked for route to Asia
• Portuguese found Cape of Good Hope
• 1652 Dutch built Cape Town, started slavery.
• British, French, German also settled.
Descendants known as Boers
• Afrikaans language combined European,
Khoisan, Bantu tongues
• 1800s Great Britain
took over. Forced
• Zulu dominated inland
but British won battle
• British empire
outlawed slavery so
traded ivory tusks,
• Early 1900s South Africa
apartheid the law. (Next
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• Blacks, Coloreds, Asians
lived in poor homelands,
• Those working in city
formed township slums
• Opposed by African
National Congress 1912
• Apartheid outlawed 1992.
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• Hundreds of ethnic
• Many languages. Most
related to Khoisan
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• English official
language in Namibia,
• Religion is Christian,
Tswana of Botswana
• Many infected with HIV/AIDS. 1 million
Zambians. Life expectancy is 40 (Next
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• Poverty, unemployment due to droughts
• South Africa’s $3,000 GDP highest in
region, but still black-white gap
• Zimbabwe in economic collapse. Dictator
Robert Mugabe took land from whites
• Wildlife tourism growing
Madagascar Physical Geography
•4th largest island in the world
•Separated from mainland Africa millions of
•12,000 plant species. 80 percent of wildlife
native only to Madagascar, such as the lemur.
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•Coastal plain rises to interior mountains
•Only 5 percent of land is farmed – sugar cane,
vanilla, cassava, beans, bananas, cloves,
•Logging is deforesting the country
Madagascar Political Geography
• Indonesians came on outriggers around
700 A.D. and mixed with Bantus from East
• French controlled it 1890-1960. Now have
republic with power-sharing government
• Once called Malagasy Republic
• Malagasy Mythology and Christianity main
• Not wealthy country. Coffee exports and
tourism have dropped.
South Africa Physical Geography
• 3 times the size of Texas
• Vast plateau in center. Drakensburg
Mountains east, Kalahari north, Namib to
west, Great Escarpment (cliffs) south.
• Highveld (coarse grassland) occupies
most of plateau. Mining, wheat, corn
• Top gold and diamond exporter in world.
Has 80% world’s platinum.
South Africa Political Geography
• Iron-working tribes from Central Africa moved
here in 1500s. (Khoi, San)
• 1652 Dutch established trading post at Cape of
• British invaded 1815 and drove Dutch inland
where they fought with British and native Zulus.
Black South Africans lost all land and
independence by late 1800s.
• 1910 Union of South African states and
apartheid became law
• 1991 end of apartheid. 1994 Nelson Mandela
first black president.
Zimbabwe Physical Geography
• Lies on high plateau, tropical with mild
• Slightly larger than Japan or Montana
• Victoria Falls straddles the border with
Zambia. Borders South Africa.
Zimbabwe Political Geography
• Walled city of Great Zimbabwe settled around 1000 A.D.
• 1888 natives gave mining rights to English
• English crushed Shona and Ndebele and became British
colony of South Rhodesia in 1923
• Independence as Rhodesia 1965 but world sanctioned
because blacks had no power
• Free elections 1979 brought president (dictator) Robert
Mugabe to power. Land redistribution to blacks ruined
the economy. Now one of poorest nations on earth with
lowest life expectancy
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