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24 The peace treaty was signed by seventeen local leaders from the southern and central parts of the Namibian territory and in the presence of a delegate from the neighbouring Griqua of the Cape Province as well as the most powerful single Herero leader at this time, Maharero. The death of the two leading personalities in pre-colonial Namibia, lonker Afrikaner and his Herero ally, Tjamuaha, during the early 1860s Henning Melber 19 finally resulted in the decline of the Orlam-Nama dominance and created new tendencies of particularism among the local communities which were encouraged by foreign interests.
Also in the same year, the authorities decided to expropriate almost all communal land and cattle from Namibians living south of Ovamboland. This step destroyed the last opportunity for Africans to continue, at least on a modest basis, their traditional production and social organisation. European domination was now deeply entrenched in all social spheres; serious alternatives to the newly-established system were no longer articulated. The colonial economy, however, was still faced with labour problems.
Pp. 81 and 101; Helga and Ludwig Helbig, op. , pp. 66-70; Henning Melber, 'Das doppelte Vermachtnis der Geschichte: Nationwerdung, Kolonisierungsprozess und deutsche Fremdherrschaft in Namibia (ca. 1800 bis 1914), in Namibia - Die Aktualitat des kolonialen Verhaltnisses. Beitrage aus dem Projekt 'Politische Landeskunde Namibias'. 6, University of Bremen, 1982, pp. 65-69. For the extreme profits in trade see Waldemar Belck, 'Die koloniale Enticklung Sudwestafrikas', op. , pp. 458, 460. Among those articles that sold best and with the highest profits was the cheap alcohol produced from potatoes by Prussian liquor manufacturers.