A Study of Grootfontein District (South West Africa) by O. Köhler

By O. Köhler

No. forty five in a chain of presidency courses titled "Ethnological Publications." This factor discusses Grootfontein district: background, mines, exertions, SWANLA, demographics, city components, ethnicity, and different data.

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