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What is Caprivi’s Finger

Caprivi’s Finger is the name of the narrow strip of land that protrudes from the northeast corner of the otherwise compact country of Namibia. The land was acquired by German Chancellor Georg Leo von Caprivi from the British in 1890 in order for Namibia, known then as German Southwest Africa, to have access to the Zambezi River. This strip of land is approximately 300 miles (480 kilometers) long but no more than 65 miles (105 kilometers) at its widest.


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