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South Africa - Geography
By Ekaterina Zhdanova-Redman
1 The country of South Africa lies at the very southern end of the African continent. It is home to lots of beautiful plants, very special animals, and lots and lots of gold and diamonds! In fact, South Africa is most famous for the gold and diamonds mined there.
2 In 1867, a young boy named Erasmus Jacobs was playing along the Orange River near his father's farm in South Africa when he discovered an odd-looking stone that was completely clear. He wasn't sure what he had found--but it didn't take long for his neighbors to learn the clear stone Erasmus found was a diamond--one of the prettiest and most valuable gems in the world! Erasmus' discovery brought thousands and thousands of diamond hunters into northern South Africa.
3 Within just a few years, there were more diamonds discovered in South Africa than were discovered in all of India (another diamond-producing country) for the last 2,000 years! It is very easy to see why many people from all over the world wanted to move to South Africa--which they did.
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