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Archaeological evidence in Damaraland, Twyfelfontein, and Brandberg demonstrates that while Portuguese explorers may have made landfall in 1485, Namibia has been inhabited by hunter-gatherers for over 25,000 years. Before Namibia became independent, it was formerly known as South-West Africa and became a German colony in 1884. During World War I, this region was taken over by South Africa and it wasn’t until Resolution 435 of the United Nations, that gave Namibia independence in 1990. Today, over 35,000 San peoples still live semi-nomadic lives, along with the Nama, Damara, Himba, and Herero who are part of the 11 ethnic groups that call Namibia home.

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