Sunday, October 18, 2009

Glendale (H 2)

Name:Glendale Zimbabwe

Glendale is a village in the province of Mashonaland Central, Zimbabwe. The village of Glendale in Zimbabwe was named by Earl Grey after his original home area in Northumberland, England and is a Gaelic word meaning 'low lying fertile land'. It is located in the Mazowe valley of Zimbabwe, about 85 km north east of Harare. The word Mazowe is derived from the local African word for Elephant of which there were many there before colonization. According to the 1982 Population Census, the village had a population of 6,076. Maize, cotton, cattle, pigs, wheat and citrus are farmed in the region. Glendale has a large railway depot, cotton depot and ginnery. A textile industry is developing in the village. Zimbabwe's leading iron pyrites producer, the Iron Duke Mine, is 15 km south of Glendale. The original inhabitants of the Glendale district were Africans of the Shona tribe who were defeated by the Colonial settlers under the leadership of Cecil John Rhodes. The area was slowly settled by white colonialists over the years, and was established as a successful commercial farming district in Rhodesia and later Zimbabwe using a mix of dedication and administrative prudency. Glendale's indigenous community is made up of different families of diverse cultures and backgrounds. The Glendale area was originally sparsely populated by small tribal groups, occupying the open virgin savannah bush land.

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