German South-West Africa

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German South West Africa
German colony
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Green: German South-West Africa
Dark Grey: Other German possessions
Black: German Empire Note: The historical extent of German territories are depicted over present-day political borders.
Capital Windhoek (from 1891)
Languages German (official), Herero, Afrikaans, Khoekhoe
Religion Christianity, Saan religion
Political structure Colony
 •  1898–1905 Theodor von Leutwein
 •  1905–1907 Friedrich von Lindequist
 •  1907–1910 Bruno von Schuckmann
 •  1910–1915 Theodor Seitz
Historical era Scramble for Africa
 •  Established 7 August 1884
 •  Genocide 1904–1907
 •  Disestablished 9 July 1915
 •  Treaty of Versailles 1919
Area 835,100 km2 (322,400 sq mi)
Currency German South West African mark
Succeeded by
South-West Africa
Today part of  Namibia

German South West Africa (German: Deutsch-Südwestafrika, DSWA) was a German colony in Africa from 1884 through 1915. It is now Namibia. From 1891, the capital was Windhoek, the same city as the capital of today's Namibia. It covered an area of 835,100 km2 (322,434 sq mi). This is over one and half times the size of German Empire at the time.