Kimberley

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Kim·ber·ley

geographical name \ˈkim-bər-lē\

Definition of KIMBERLEY

city Republic of South Africa in E Northern Cape WNW of Bloemfontein pop 105,258

Kimberley

geographical name    (Concise Encyclopedia)

City (pop., 2005 est.: urban area, 185,000), South Africa. It is the capital of Northern Cape province. Founded in 1871 shortly after the discovery of diamonds in the area, it was the capital of Griqualand West (1873–80) before it became part of Cape Colony. It was besieged by the Boers for four months (1899–1900) during the South African War. Kimberley is home to several historical memorials and museums that honour its diamond-mining past. It is still a centre for mining and cutting diamonds. Its outskirts are marked by immense pits and heaps of earth, the aftermath of mining operations. The now-defunct Kimberley mine (now called the Big Hole) is nearby.

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