Rehoboth, noun

Forms:
Also Rehobother, Rehobothian.
Origin:
HebrewShow more The name of a river, town, and district in Namibia (from the Biblical town, Hebrew rehobhoth wide places, space, room).
A member of a people (of mixed ethnic descent) originally resident in the Cape colony but subsequently inhabiting the Rehoboth Gebiet in Namibia (see Gebiet); often attributive, now usually in the noun phrase Rehoboth Baster [see Baster]; Bastard sense 2; Baster noun sense 2. See also kaptein sense 2, raad sense 1.
a1867 C.J. Andersson Notes of Trav. (1875) 104My next step was to order the Rehobothians, and a strong body of Damaras to follow me.
1926 S.G. Millin S. Africans 198Today self-governing half-caste tribes like the Bondelswarts and the Reheboths still exist in South-West Africa.
1930 C.G. Seligman Races of Afr. (1939) 34The old Hottentot population of the Cape has become largely absorbed by racial admixture with incoming Europeans and East Indian slaves, and has thus constituted the basis of the present..‘Rehoboth’ half-breeds.
1943 D. Reitz No Outspan 93The Rehoboth half-breeds assisted us in the war and the Germans took heavy toll of them.
1960 State of Union 1959–60 430The Rehobothers whose number is estimated at 8,900 are of mixed origin, having immigrated from the Cape.
1969 J.M. White Land God Made in Anger 196This small group are not Rehobothers, but belong to the people called Cape Coloureds.
1970 Survey of Race Rel. (S.A.I.R.R.) 260The Rehoboth Basters (or Rehobothers) are mainly descendants of unions between Afrikaner trekkers and Nama women.
1972 Sunday Times 12 Mar. 13The Rehoboth Basters have formed a national convention through which they are making a united demand for independence.
1980 S. Collett in Optima Vol.28 No.4, 194The Coloureds and the Rehoboth Basters emigrated from the Cape province of South Africa in the last century.
[1987 E. Prov. Herald 15 June 9Mr Matjila has tried to desegregate Namibia’s schools, but thus far has been thwarted by the National Party and the conservative, mixed-race Rehoboth Basters Party.]
1990 Weekend Post 24 Mar. 4The Afrikaner Weerstandbeweging (AWB) has crossed the race barrier to declare its solidarity with Namibia’s independence-seeking 31000-strong Rehoboth Baster people.
A member of a people (of mixed ethnic descent) originally resident in the Cape colony but subsequently inhabiting the Rehoboth Gebiet in Namibia (see Gebiet); often attributive, now usually in the noun phrase Rehoboth Bastersee Baster; Bastard2; Basternoun2.

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