Bushmanland, noun

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EnglishShow more Bushman sense 1 a + English land.
1. A name for that region of the Northern Cape Province considered to be the historical home of the San (Bushman) people.
1790 W. Paterson Narr. of Four Journeys 71An excursion to the Hantum..called the Boshmens’ Land, from its being inhabited by the Bush Hottentots..a very different people from the other peaceable and well-disposed inhabitants of this region.
1819 Missionary Notices June 205In a few days I shall commence a journey to the Bushman Land.
1841 B. Shaw Memorials 27The Bushman-land..is a vast desert of a week’s journey, situated between the Khamies Mountains and the Great Orange River, and is very thinly inhabited.
c1936 S. & E. Afr. Yr Bk & Guide 527Between Kakamas and Springbok, in the heart of Bushmanland, lies the notable French R.C. Mission of Pella.
1961 L.E. Van Onselen Trekboer 70Bushmanland has been described by many travellers as a desert with a rainfall so erratic that when a Pauw or wild turkey bathes itself in a dust bath..this is looked upon as a sign that rain might fall.
2. ?in historical contexts. A name given to a reserve situated along the South West African (now Namibian) border with Botswana, created for the San (Bushman) people of Namibia.
1964 Report of Commission of Enquiry into S.W. Afr. Affairs 1962–3 (RP 12–1964) 99The Commission..recommends:-..That homelands be created for the Bushmen..i) the portion of the Western Caprivi..for the Barakwengo Bushmen; and ii) Bushmanland..for the other Bushmen.
1970 W.B. Miller in Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. II. 612Bushmanland,..The name..proposed by the Odendaal Commission of Inquiry into South-West African Affairs for a region which is to be set aside as a homeland for the Bushmen of South-West Africa.
1989 P.E. Raper Dict. of Sn Afr. Place Names 80Bushmanland,..The name is..applied to an area some 230 km long between Hereroland and Kavango in South West Africa/Namibia..next to the Botswana border, with Tsumkwe as its main centre.
A name for that region of the Northern Cape Province considered to be the historical home of the San (Bushman) people.
A name given to a reserve situated along the South West African (now Namibian) border with Botswana, created for the San (Bushman) people of Namibia.
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