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History of the South African Army Postal Service
This is another volume in the series covering the military Postal History of Great Britain and the Commonwealth and attempts to cover the Postal History of the Union of South Africa
Up to 1882 South West Africa was generally regarded as under British influence, but this did not extend beyond the coastal region. For some years German traders had been establishing themselves along the coast, and German missionaries had pushed into the interior.
In 1878 Sir Bartle Frere, Governor of the Cape, persuaded the Imperial Government to declare formally that Walfish bay and the Country round it for a radius of 15 miles was British Territory.