Germany Commits to Accounting for its Colonial Past in Namibia

Germany is set to return a 15th Century artifact it took from Namibia known as the Stone Cross.  The 3.5-meter high navigation landmark, erected by Portuguese explorer Diogo Cão, was first placed on Namibia’s coast in 1498. It was taken to Germany in 1893 after the area became a German imperial protectorate and is on display at the German Historical Museum in Berlin. The Stone Cross, which bears the Portuguese coat of arms, was featured on old world maps, the museum said. In June 2017, the Namibian government formally requested its return. Faced with mounting pressure from African governments, more European countries are working to return artifacts plundered from Africa during colonial times.


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