The seventeenth King Negumbo lya Kandenge (1875-1907) of the Uukwambi area in Ovamboland succeeds King Nuyoma. Negumbo is a moderate king and manages to unify the Uukwambi community once again after the decline of its royal power due to the many wars of the past.
September Theophilus Hahn, missionary Samuel Hahn’s son, invites Van Zyl to settle in Rehoboth. Maharero hears of this and Hahn is expelled from the territory.
31.12. Kido Witbooi dies in Gibeon. His successor is Moses David Witbooi.

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Graves of the Witbooi Dynasty at the Gibeon Cemetery: Grave of Kido (Cupido) Witbooi
Copyright of Photo: Dr. Klaus Dierks

The Cape Parliament declares the areas of Nama and Ovaherero as protectorates.
Finnish missionary Kurvinen translates portions of the Bible into the Oshivambo language.
Karl August Weikkolin again moves to the Uukwambi area.
Gert Alberts, leader of the first Dorslandtrek (Thirstland trek)(Khoekhoegowab: |Khoraoftewel |Hu) treks from the Transvaal and reaches Rietfontein on the present-day Namibian border. His adviser is Johannes van der Merwe. Two more treks arrive in the territory during this year. The second trek under the leadership of Jan Greyling reaches the Okavango River in 1877.
The third trek receives a letter from Moses Witbooi written in Gibeon (09.01.1876): "To the Trekboers: Dear Boers, I have heard that your intentions are warlike and that you wish to take this country by war. If this is true, then I say nothing, but if not true, then I say to you go back, for I do not wish to have you in this country ...".
16.03. William Coates Palgrave is officially appointed as Special Commissioner for Hereroland and Namaland.
10.04. Palgrave leaves Cape Town for Walvis Bay (his first official journey to the territory).
25.04. Palgrave lands at Walvis Bay.
04.05. Frederick Joseph Green dies at Heigamchab near Walvis Bay.

Rhenish missionary Eduard Dannert establishes the mission station Omburo, east of Omaruru. Negotiations take place between Palgrave and Petrus Swartbooi from Ameib, brother of Abraham Swartbooi, son and successor of Willem Swartbooi (!Huiseb #Haobemab)(since approx. 1864) at Otjimbingwe.
June Palgrave visits Chief Kambazembi.
July The Ovaherero chiefs and Palgrave hold the Conference of Okahandja, with missionary Brincker as translator.
07.-10.07. Palgrave negotiates with the Swartbooi leader Abraham Swartbooi at Ameib.
04.-09.09. The Ovaherero chiefs and Palgrave hold the Main Conference of Okahandja. Kambazembi does not attend. The letter to Cape Governor Barkly is signed by Maharero, Christian Wilhelm Zeraua from Omaruru, the Ovambanderu Chief, Salomo Aponda from Otjikango and Wilhelm Maharero, oldest son of Maharero. As witnesses the letter is also signed by missionaries Peter Heinrich Brincker, Carl Ludwig Hermann Hegner and Botolf Bernhard Björklund, and traders Heinrich Kleinschmidt, Robert Lewis and JJ Christie.
23.09. Negotiations between Palgrave and Jan Jonker Afrikaner yield no results.
05.10. Negotiations between Palgrave, Hermanus van Wyk from Rehoboth and Abraham Swartbooi from Ameib take place at Rehoboth. Later Palgrave also visits the Dama community of Okombahe and reports that the Dama are economically independent due to their intensive agricultural activities there.
27.11. Negotiations between Palgrave and Jakobus Isaak are held at Berseba following Palgrave’s visit to Claas Swart in Grootfontein (in the south).
28.11. Christian Wilhelm Zeraua dies in Omaruru. He is succeeded by Chief Tjaherani from Omburo (29.11.1876-24.11.1884).
22.12. Negotiations between Palgrave and Wilhelm Christian, Chief of the Bondelswarts (!Gami-#nun), take place at Warmbad.
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