The Caprivi Strip

You may have seen some memes going around that draw attention to an anomaly in the Namibian border. The country has an odd “arm” reaching out from its northeast corner over to Zimbabwe, effectively cutting Botswana off from Angola (and not really from Zambia, as the above picture implies).

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This border is a leftover from colonial rule, when Namibia was called German Southwest Africa. The Germans negotiated with English colonists for this strip of land so that they could have access to the Zambezi River, and therefore to the east coast of Africa, where they held another colony. Whatever else the British gained in the exchange, they also got the last laugh. Find out why at Amusing Planet.

Source: neatorama

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