Lüderitz, Namibia

Wilkommen in Africa


Wilkommen in Africa
Luderitz's eccentric townhouse with towers of two churches standing out on the edge of the Namib Desert.
black squad
Loons fly against the wind on the Bartolomeu Dias pattern.
The Berg Street
A woman walks down Berg Street, the city's old urban core.
Bartolomeu Dias passed through here
A replica of Bartolomeu Dias' pattern on a promontory on the edge of Luderitz Bay.
Goerke Haus
The Goerke house with its strange Bavarian-influenced architecture, prominent against the Diamond Mountain.
a brave atlantic
Wave crashes against the rocky edge of the wild, frigid Atlantic off Luderitz Bay.
Kisses. Self
Mother and daughter, residents of the city, with traits that show the genetic mix consolidated during the colonial period of Lüderitz.
a long meal
Flamingos feed on a stranded boat near the city.
New Colors from old Lüderitz
The old school building in Luderitz is still divided into Lesehalle (reading hall) and Turnhalle (exercise hall).
the cozy Namibe
New and humble farmhouse on the outskirts of the historic city center, occupied by employees of Pescanova's fish processing unit and other businesses.
Black Squadron II
Loons beat the gale above the dense fog caused by the difference in temperature between the frigid Atlantic and the hot Namibe desert.
closer to God
Felsekirche's church in its retreat on Luderitz.
Namibe by the sea
Lighthouse and houses near Angra Pequena.
SSSSs
Meanders of a river that flows between Angra Pequena and Luderitz.
Discovery Standard
A replica of the pattern left by Diogo Cão in Angra Pequena, today, at the gates of Lüderitz.
Chancellor Bismarck has always disdained overseas possessions. Against his will and all odds, in the middle of the Race for Africa, merchant Adolf Lüderitz forced Germany to take over an inhospitable corner of the continent. The homonymous city prospered and preserves one of the most eccentric heritages of the Germanic empire.

The approach to Angra Pequena confirms the meteorological phenomenon that generated Namibe.

Inland, it resisted, undisputed, the dry and abrasive heat to which the desert had already accustomed us. The closer we got to the wild cove opposite Lüderitz, the more the air cooled and came with a stimulating fragrance of marine iodine.

For a few extra kilometers, we meander on the dirt road and pressed salt.

We skirt the long stretch of sea south of the city and then head north again, to the peninsula exposed to the Atlantic already defined as our final destination.

We passed the white-and-red-and-sharp striped lighthouse that announced it.

Agra Pequena, Namibia

Lighthouse and houses near Angra Pequena

From then on, the wind gains overwhelming power.

It projects unbridled waves against the rocks and pushes waves of mist down the coast, sometimes so dense that it completely takes away the view of the rugged coastline.

Atlantic Ocean Waves Off Luderitz, Namibia

Wave crashes against the rocky edge of the wild, frigid Atlantic off Luderitz Bay.

Even diffused in that intermittent white mantle, we glimpsed a prominent pattern atop a rocky promontory.

Diogo Cão, Bartolomeu Dias and the Frozen Mist of Angra Pequena

There were no doubts. In 1486, Diogo Cão reached the current area of Cape Cross. After a year, in the service of King João II and at the command of two caravels of fifty barrels and a support vessel, Bartolomeu Dias exceeded, right there, the limit of Diogo Cão.

Then, the navigation in search of the southern limit of africa.

We skirt a wooden ladder destroyed by unrelenting tides and climb over the rocks. From the top, shaken by the furious gusts, we admired the power of the waves that shaped the rocky indentations and made the forest of kelp who had been dragged there.

Waves, fog and wind confronted each other. Out of nowhere, a squadron of loons flies over us at great speed. After that, another one. And so many more, as close together as the gale allowed them.

Loons fly over the pattern of Bartolomeu Dias, Luderitz, Namibia

Loons fly against the wind on the Bartolomeu Dias pattern.

That strange migration that mottled the whitened sky with black went on for a good twenty minutes.

In that time, we remain absorbed, with our eyes in the air.

Without anything to rush us, we still peek at other corners of a contiguous cove.

One of them reveals to us, on the other side of the great bay, the houses of Lüderitz. We see it perched on the parched coastline so common throughout Namibia.

A yellow temple stands out above the red roofs of the other buildings, not so much from the sandy ground.

It was the iconic, evangelical and Lutheran church of Felsenkirche.

Luderitz, Namibia

Luderitz's eccentric townhouse with towers of two churches prominent on the edge of the Namib Desert

The Germanic Genesis of Old Lüderitz

The German settlers who built it wasted no time looking for inspiration.

Since the hill (later nicknamed Diamond Mountain) on which the foundations were laid was rocky, they named it the Church of the Rocks.

The name, like so many other Germanic influences, is here to last.

And yet, the Teutonic domain of these parts was never to be verified. When it finally materialized, it resulted from a cartoonish colonial situation.

Since the passage of Diogo Cão and Bartolomeu Dias, the presence of Europeans in the Namibe desert was limited to the passage or limited and swift settlement of navigators and merchants. This reality lasted until 1800.

In the early XNUMXth century, German and English missionary societies were established and built churches.

Felsekirche Church, Luderitz, Namibia

Felsekirche's church in its retreat on Luderitz.

At the same time, merchants and farmers settled and founded entrepots. Some, British, were concentrated around the present-day Walvis Bay.

Historic in Europe and already projected to other parts of the Earth, the rivalry between Germany and Great Britain extended to that inhospitable end-of-the-world.

Adolf Lüderitz: founder of … Lüderitz

In 1882, Adolf Lüderitz, a merchant from Bremen, applied to the German Chancellor for protection for a trading station he planned to build in South West Africa.

Otto von Bismarck had been all his life against the colonial expansion of the German Empire.

He considered that conquering, maintaining and defending the colonies would cost more than the profit they brought. In addition, there was the risk that the damage would sabotage the power that Germany maintained in Europe.

Against his opinion, there were millions of Germans who watched rival European nations grow their empires. In many cases, profit from colonies.

There were also merchants and adventurers with dreams and projects in different parts of the world, such as Lüderitz.

This one was contemplated with the luck of Bismarck needing to be re-elected and, as such, having been forced to please the defenders of colonial expansion.

River next to Luderitz, Namibia

Meanders of a river that flows between Angra Pequena and Luderitz.

As soon as he obtained the chancellor's support, Lüderitz instructed Heinrich Vogelsand – an employee of his – to acquire land in Angra Pequena from an ethnic Nama chief. In this way, he was able to build a village that Lüderitz gave his own name.

From Rest of the African Continent to Germanic Warehouse

In 1884, determined to prevent British intrusion, Lüderitz managed to have the area declared a protectorate of the German Empire. A few months later, the German flag was raised.

In a hasty and arrogant way, the British became convinced that their rivals had only left unfit for consumption from African territory. They agreed.

Even against Chancellor Bismarck's principles and genuine will, Lüderitz – the man and the people – forced the creation of the Germanic Southwest African colony. Thereafter, until 1915, the colony expanded. Especially to the north and into the inhospitable interior. It equaled, in size, the Germanic Empire in Europe.

Then it surpassed it by more than half. Until 1915, the population stayed at 2600 adventurous souls. Lüderitz – the city – concentrated a good part.

The new inhabitants devoted themselves to hunting whales and seals. To fishing and the trade of guano produced in industrial quantities by the same species of birds that had flown over us – and shot – along with the Bartolomeu Dias standard, and by so many others.

Back to Eccentric City

We return to the center of the village along the same path, which, however, looks different to us. The tide had receded hundreds of meters.

It had left behind a sandy expanse once covered by the encroaching Atlantic, a winding, sedimented bed where a brackish creek continued to flow out to sea.

Next to its threshold, on this side of a stranded boat, a flock of flamingos was drinking the water.

There was no sign of the brown hyenas endemic to those parts of Namibe, so they fed without worry.

Flamingos around Luderitz, Namibia

Flamingos feed on a stranded boat near the city

We stopped at the edge of town to fill up the car. The owner of the gas station appears from inside a booth and starts a conversation. We immediately realized that he was of Germanic origin, without any ethnic mix, one of the few who resisted time and the vicissitudes of history.

“Oh, are they Portuguese?” It is admired, at the same time that it reproaches the inefficiency of its native employees. “There are several here in the city, they inform us as if turning up their noses and seem to contain a certain chauvinism.

Now they are even less.

There was a time when they were everywhere.” It wouldn't take long to find them.

The Atrocious Imposition of the Germans on the Natives

The afternoon was coming to an end. The sun setting west of the Atlantic warmed the assortment of colors of the city's countless low-rise buildings. We took advantage of this additional stimulus.

We walk through the almost deserted streets paying attention to the architecture art nouveau Germanic, that the discovery of diamonds in the surrounding desert in 1909 allowed the foundation of the neighboring village of Kolmanskop, like Lüderitz, soon endowed with whims and fantasies otherwise difficult to pay.

However, it was not only the precious stones mined that contributed. Since 1903, the Germanic Empire fought the resistance of the natives to its invasion. The conflict escalated.

It degenerated into the cruel Herero Wars fought against this cattle-raising tribe who, like the neighboring Nama, the Khoi and the Namaqua elsewhere, controlled that part of the Namib.

At the height of the conflict, German troops numbered 20.000.

In 1908, they had already killed tens of thousands of natives, in the midst of conflict, or in concentration camps such as Shark Island opposite the city, from which prisoners only left to work by force in the construction of infrastructures or in businesses that enriched their lives. the settlers.

On Berg Street – the old diagonal heart of the city – the row of houses they helped build looks like something out of a cinematic set.

Berg Street, Luderitz, Namibia

A woman walks down Berg Street, the city's old urban core.

A Strange Germany on the Edge of the Namib Desert

We appreciate the picturesque Haus Grünewald with its Bavarian windows, some part of a built-in turret. The pediments of the following homes are cut to match. They display very bright colors: almost turquoise blue, yellow, orange. Further on, the salmon tone of Barrels, a bar-restaurant specializing in seafood and dishes also with a German influence.

It surprises us, or perhaps not, that several of the palatial mansions have steeply sloping roofs, as if snow had ever fallen in those parts.

This is the case of the exuberant and emblematic Goerke house, right behind the Felsenkirche, also the train station and the Krabbenhöft & Lamp building.

This one, in the image of the Kreplin and Troos houses, built by the diamond tycoons heirs to the Kolmanskop.

Goerke House, Luderitz, Namibia

The Goerke house with its strange Bavarian-influenced architecture, prominent against the Diamond Mountain.

As we walk through the center we notice the golden skin tone of several passersby, their translucent eyes the color of honey, olive green and even blue, like those of a smooth-mannered salesman who, at the entrance to the local station, almost convinces us to buy you smoked fish.

Coincidence or not, we go shopping when we come across the first inhabitant of Portuguese origin in Lüderitz.

Luís Figueira owns the only large grocery store open after dark, the “Portuguese supermarket".

Luís Figueira: One of Many Portuguese in Namibia

Despite speaking English, the features of the man at the counter, somewhat chubby and unshaven, give us promising indications of his ancestry. "Are you the Portuguese here at the store?" we ask you.

The question and the suspicion that he was dealing with people with his blood sparked a gleam in his eyes and a strong incentive to tell us a little about everything. Speak in English.

The Portuguese language, he had lost almost all of it. “My grandparents came here from Madeira at a time when there was always work fishing and fish processing.

I still have my mother there in Santana and I go to Madeira once a year. Here in Lüderitz, I married a colored lady and here we are. We have four children, all with Portuguese names. You have to stop by our cod academy! It's where the Portuguese-born gang lives…”

When Luís Figueira's grandparents arrived, Lüderitz was part of the South Africa. Thus dictated the continuation of the history of these stops. In the midst of the 1st World War, the South Africa occupied all of Germanic Southwest Africa and deported many Germans.

Incorporation in South Africa and newly independent Namibia

With the shift of mining prospecting from the surroundings to the south, this deportation contributed to the temporary decline of the population. THE South Africa it managed Lüderitz and the former German colony – first under the League of Nations and the UN, later in the absence of the UN – until 1990.

This year, the movement SWAP (SouthWest African People Organization) forced Namibia's independence, with a strategy of military confrontation from southern Angola, recently freed from Portuguese yoke.

A century passed without the present territory of Namibia being subject to effective Germanic rule. There are more than 30.000 inhabitants of German ancestry and speaking German.

They form a compact audience of a German-language radio station, their own television news service and the daily newspaper general newspaper founded in 1916 and which has endured over the years.

Despite the unusual genesis of the Teutonic legacy and the efforts of the Namibian authorities to mitigate it, in Lüderitz as, further north, in Swakopmund, this zeitgeist is far from passing.

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At the Adamastor Monster Table

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A Boer Spear in South Africa

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holy plain, Bagan, Myanmar
Architecture & Design
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with the head on the moon

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the projectionist
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History
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Key West Wall, Florida Keys, United States
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End of the day at the Teesta river dam lake in Gajoldoba, India
Nature
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very coarse salt
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UNESCO World Heritage
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Characters
PN Katmai, Alaska

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Beaches
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Religion
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On Rails
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Daily life
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Wildlife
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Florida's Great Weedy River

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Scenic Flights
napali coast, Hawaii

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