See Cobra de Capello.


Namaqua, a tribe of S. Africa, inhabiting both banks of the Orange river near the mouth. Their country is divided into Great and Little Namaqualand, and the latter, lying S. of the Orange river, is now absorbed in Cape Colony. The tribe is small, and has been much diminished by disease and famine. They dwell in huts of the old Hottentot style, and speak the Nama, the oldest and purest of the Hottentot dialects. (See Hottentots).


See Osteich.


Nantasket, a narrow peninsula about 5 m. long, extending into Massachusetts bay, in Plymouth co., Mass., about 22 m. from Boston by railroad and 9 m. by water. It is a favorite summer resort on account of its facilities for sea bathing. This peninsula comprises the town of Hull, which was settled about 1625; pop. in 1870, 261. (See Cohasset).


Nanterre, a town of France, in the department of the Seine, at the foot of Mont Valerien, 6 m. TV. N. TV. of Paris; pop. about 4,000. It is celebrated as the birthplace of St. Genevieve, and also for its pastry. It is a place of great antiquity, and the Gauls here celebrated druidical rites. It was formerly fortified, but the ramparts have been converted into promenades. Clotaire II., son of Chilperic, was baptized here in 591. In the 14th and 15th centuries it endured many vicissitudes.


Napa, a N. W. county of California, drained by Napa and Las Putas rivers; area, 828 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 7,163, of whom 263 were Chinese. The surface is diversified, but generally fertile and well adapted for cultivation. The Coast range of mountains extends along the S. W. border, and Mount St. Helena, at the head of the Napa valley, attains an elevation of 3,700 ft. It contains numerous medicinal springs, constantly increasing deposits of sulphur, two lakes yielding large quantities of borax, geysers or hot springs about CO m. N. of Napa City, and quicksilver. The Napa branch of the California Pacific railroad traverses it. The chief productions in 1870 were 264 240 bushels of wheat, 34,890 of barley, 20,789 lbs. of wool, 56,860 of butter, 46,745 gallons of wine, and 4,555 tons of hay. There were 1,755 horses, 1,128 milch cows, 2,703 other cattle, 6,006 sheep, and 6,243 swine. Capital, Napa City.


Naphtali, the sixth son of Jacob, the second child borne to him by Bilhah, the handmaid of Rachel. In the census before Sinai the tribe of Naphtali numbered 53,400 fighting men, and at the entrance into Canaan 45,400, occupying a middle position among the tribes. It received as its allotment a part of upper Galilee, extending from Lake Gennesaret to the sources of the Jordan. The only famous hero of the tribe was Barak. It is distinguished in the song of Deborah for the alacrity with which it obeyed the call to arms against the oppressors of the Hebrews. The principal town in its territory was Kedesh, the city of refuge.