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The Company They Kept VOC – The First Multinational Corporation

By 1600 several small states in the Indonesian Archipelago were geared towards foreign trade with merchants from China, India and other Asian countries, and also from Europe. To capture this trade, Dutch merchants in 1602 established the Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie … Continue reading

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A Complex Settlement A Struggle To Survive

In the first two decades the farmers struggled to survive because the prices the Company fixed for their produce were far too low. Van Riebeeck conceded in a letter in 1661 that the free burghers could scarcely subsist on what … Continue reading

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The Khoikhoi And The Dutch

With the coming of the Dutch settlement, the Khoikhoi faced a much stronger demand for their cattle. They were now called on not only to feed VOC ships, which arrived in larger numbers than formerly, but also to support the … Continue reading

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The Khoikhoi And The Dutch Disputes And War

Trade disputes and charges of theft caused great tension between colonists and the Khoikhoi who, for their part, feared that the settlement of free burghers in 1657 would eventually deprive them of their valuable pastures and watering places. In 1659 … Continue reading

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People Of Bondage Mixed Liaisons

During the early years, the situation was fluid enough for some children born outside wedlock from unions of non-European parents to be accepted into the European community. The slave Armosyn Claasz gave birth to the children of four different fathers … Continue reading

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KhoiKhoi Pastoralists Trading With Europeans Three Khoikhoi Interpreters

The new Dutch colony presented opportunities to talented Khoikhoi, particularly those with linguistic abilities. Three translators, none apparently born of high birth or wealth, rose to become, for a while, eminent and prosperous intermediaries between Europeans and Khoikhoi. Autshumato (‘Harry’) … Continue reading

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The Khoikhoi And The Dutch Resistance By Gonnema And Dorha A Threat To A Way Of Life

The switch to extensive agriculture and the increasing involvement of burghers in cattle trading and cattle farming threatened the way of life of the approximately 100 000 Khoikhoi living in the area of the present Western Cape. Those living in … Continue reading

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