South Africa is one of the largest and most powerful states in the southern most part of Africa. The first European settlement was made in 1652 when the Dutch landed on the Cape near the town of New Hope. South Africa came to exist in 1910 through the union of the two British Colonies of Good Hope and Natal. Led by Jan Christiaan Smuts they became a charter member of the United Nations in 1945 after getting involved in World War Two. Shortly after this Apartheid, which means racial seperation, began. This was a large part of the politics. During this time blacks where not allowed to vote and the black population was separated from the white population. The Areas Act in 1950 that made the blacks live in designated cities and in very poor conditions. In 1960 Nelson Mandela lead a group of protesters against Apartheid. Sadly, seventy people died and Nelson was sentenced to life in prison. Aparthied began to fall apart when F.W. De Klerk became presedent in 1989. De Klerk released Nelson Mendela from prison and Nelson went on to becme the countries first multiracial president in 1994.
Young Zulus preformng a warrior dance
South Africans have a very rich and diverse culture. They have several tribal communities that live independantly from our modern world. With beautiful tribal dances and songs that have been passed down from generation to generation. There are eight main languages that make up South Africain society. The dominate religon is Protestant with 36.6% of the population practicing it. The prodominate race is black. Most people dress modestly.