South Africa's Historical Complexity Essay

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South Africa's Historical Complexity

After having studied Cape Town, South Africa for the past months, I have had the opportunity to come face to face with a place whose culture and history outdoes most other places in the world. Their respect for their historical past and their want to preserve it is remarkable. In 1948, the South African government began to limit the freedom of black Africans. In fact, it was at this point in history that the government officially launched a system of apartheid. Given the fact that Cape Town is at the tip of continent of Africa, not only is the climate is very mild, similar to that of San Diego in the United States but it is actually bordered by two Oceans. On the left side of the city the Atlantic
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This was the beach that was reserved for the Colored and Black people. Due to the fact that the majority of the country is of color, the beaches on this coast were always crowded. What is really most fascinating about South Africa is that with all of its natural beauty and culture, the country itself was a horrific mess. In 1976, thousands of students in a small black township staged protests to demand that were to be taught in English rather than the Afrikaans. Police actually fired on the demonstrators and sparked nationwide riots and even more repression. By the end of that year alone, the police had killed more than 500 protestors. By 1984, it was declared that since 1983, dissidents has murdered 120 people, mutilated 25, raped 47 and committed 284 robberies. In 1984, Archbishop Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent campaign to end the Apartheid. By 1986, the European community and the United States imposed economic sanctions on South Africa. The United States went so far as to banning the import of South African agriculture, iron and steel, which make up a considerable amount of money for the country. By 1987, a strike that was lead by black railroad workers leads to the worst violence in South African since the government declared a national state of emergency in 1986. Eleven workers were killed and more than 60 trains were damaged or destroyed in the firebombs attacks before the government met

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