This article will bring you to the list of African countries with the largest white population. Insider Monkey has recently published an interesting article about it. Considering the people living there, again, there are certain stereotypes regarding the white population. Contrary to some general beliefs, it is very important to note that the census from 2011 showed that there were about 4,586,838 white people in South Africa. This is around 8.9% of the country’s population, which is an increase since the 2001 census. Of course, don’t expect to find the whitest country on earth in Africa, since the country with largest white population is definitely America, followed by Russia, but make sure not to be fooled into misconceptions.
Now without a further ado let’s see what Insider Monkey has investigated for us. We have picked three African countries with the largest white population from their list.
The first one is Zambia, with a white population of 40,000. Zambia was in a very similar position to Zimbabwe, as it was also colonized by the British. During this period of colonization, many Europeans came to settle in Zambia. The official colonization started in 1888 and the territory was administered by Rhodes’ British South Africa Company. However, the interest in this country from their side was not very big, and they did not have any big plans for it, except using it mainly as a source of labour. However, the white population remains on the territory even today, and it is estimated that there are around 40,000 Europeans as descendants of 70,000 Britons who remained in the country after independence which occurred in 1964. The second country is Swaziland, with a white population of 41,000. Swaziland was actually first colonized by the Portuguese, and today’s white population mostly consists of descendants of Portuguese who originally settled in the country. It all started sometime in the 1840s, and the first contact with Europeans was actually with Dutch Trekboers, who reached the western hinterland of Swaziland. In the following several years, about 300 Boer families had settled, but it could not go without British since Swaziland also became a British protectorate afterward. At last, but not least let’s check out Kenya, with a white population of 67,000. It seems that the United Kingdom had a really big plan for Kenya, as they occupied the country in the 1880s. They hoped to create fortune and to use some of the country’s natural treasures, as well as to use its residents for labor purposes. This, however, did not last long, and in 1903 the Government wanted to motivate Britons to settle in this country, offering many benefits, such as land leases and tax exemptions. So, even today, there are still descendants of the people who came to settle to Kenya from Europe, even though it gained the independence in 1964.
For any further useful information, read Insider Monkey’s article about 12 African countries with the largest white population.