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Barkly West

Barkly West, Diamond Fields Region, Northern CapeBarkly West is a small town with a big history. This is the place where diamonds were first discovered in South Africa in 1869. At that time, the place was called Klip Drift and it was not long before there was a dispute as to the ownership of this valuable resource. It was claimed by the Griqua, a Hottentot tribe, and the Tswana, a Bantu people, both of whom lived in the area, and by the Boers of the Orange Free State and the Transvaal and the British. Finally the British authorities assigned t...

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