Dutch South Africa

Dutch South Africa : Early Settlers at the Cape 1652-1708

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This book provides a fascinating insight into the lives of the first Dutch settlers in Table Bay and is packed full of photographs and illustrations. The diaries of Jan van Riebeeck, the first governor of the new Dutch colony at Table Bay in South Africa, document the struggle to survive in a new environment. Whether repelling attacks from wild animals, bartering with the indigenous tribes, or importing slaves to manage their crops, the diaries provide a valuable historical insight into the harsh reality of settling new colonies. The diaries also detail the success of new skills brought to the community by Malays and the influx of Huguenot refugees in 1685 and finally the misfortunes that eventually brought Dutch rule to an end. In 1652, the first Dutch settlers arrived on the shores of Table Bay, having survived the hazardous journey from the Netherlands. The site, which later became known as Cape Town, had a climate in which European crops could flourish. It was here that Jan van Riebeeck was instructed by the Dutch East Indies company to found a new community. He documented the details in his diary for posterity.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 180 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 9mm
  • Matador
  • Market Harborough, United Kingdom
  • Illustrations (some col.), ports., maps
  • 1904744958
  • 9781904744955

Table of contents

Introduction; Acknowledgements; List of Plates; Chapter 1 Arrival of the Dutch at the Cape; Chapter 2 Jan van Riebeeck's initiatives; Chapter 3 Van Riebeeck's developing community; Chapter 4 Hazards of the sea; Chapter 5 Slaves, freemen and burghers; Chapter 6 Van Riebeeck's later years; Chapter 7 Lean years of weak leadership; Chapter 8 Consolidation under two governors; Chapter 9 Impact of Simon van der Stel; Chapter 10 In search of copper; Chapter 11 Arrival of the Huguenots; Chapter 12 Years of expansion; Chapter 13 Willem Adriaan's misjudgements; Chapter 14 Downfall of Willem Adriaan; Chapter 15 Collapse of the Dutch East India Company
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About St. John Hunt

John Hunt was educated at Radley College and Wadham College, Oxford. His career as an educationalist culminated as Headmaster of the presetigious girls' school Roedean in Sussex. His lifelong interest in historical geography includes research on seventeenth century Dutch-Scottish east coast trade, and writing articles on fine arts, architecture and travel for leading journals.
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