The Borders of Race in Colonial South Africa

The Borders of Race in Colonial South Africa

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This book provides a detailed narrative of the Kat River Settlement in the Eastern Cape of South Africa during the nineteenth century. The settlement was created by the British to use the Khoekhoe as a living barrier between the Cape Colony and the amaXhosa. It was fought over with some regularity, however, and finally broken up after some of the Khoekhoe joined the amaXhosa in their war against the colony. Nevertheless, in the time that the settlement existed, the Khoekhoe both created a fertile landscape in the valley and developed a political theology of great importance for the evolution of South Africa. They were also the subjects of - and participants in - the major debates leading to the introduction of a liberal constitution for the Cape in 1853. The history of the settlement is thus crucial in understanding the development of both colonial racism and the creation of the colony's non-racial democracy.Nevertheless, the Kat River people were well aware of what was being said of them. ... accuse us, we can sit quiet and look with contemptuous indifference at the accusers; but when out Government begins to distrust us, it is ... Government; a€“ and now that the peace . . . has put a stop to their a€œgaina€, try to do something else to get money into their pockets. ... such) to break the law and leave the colony, and had given a Bible, a€œthat cost one hundred Rix-dollarsa€, to Piet Retief, their leader.

Title:The Borders of Race in Colonial South Africa
Author:Robert Ross
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2013-11-25


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