MASHONALAND, a region in northern Zimbabwe, a plateau 4000 ft. high crossed by the Umvukwe Mountains, lying to the NE. of Matabeleland and S. of the Zambesi River, of which its streams are tributaries; is a fertile region, and being traversed continually by cold SE. winds is healthy and bracing; the natives, of Bantu stock, are peaceful and industrious, growing rice, maize, tobacco, and cotton, which they also weave, and working with skill in iron; they live in dread of the fierce Matabele tribes; the region is very rich in iron, copper, and gold, and has traces of ancient scientific gold-mining.

It came under British protection in 1888, became self-governing territory in 1923, and when Zimbabwe became sovereign in 1980, the region became part of Zimbabwe.

Contributors to this page: anypursuit .
Page last modified on Monday December 15, 2014 18:37:03 GMT-0000 by anypursuit.