Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Term Cape Dutch was Documented.

There was a poster here [ & in other places too ] who a while back made the ridiculous assertion that the term Cape Dutch was "my term" thus displaying the poster's ignorance regarding the topic. The poster's desperate assertion was no doubt part of a ploy at trying to hide some very important & valuable history of the region. Considering that just about anyone can look into this for themselves to verify the terms used: the poster had no point to stand on & only achieved outing / exposing him / herself as a third rate propagandist.

The above screen shot [ click to enlarge ] is taken from the History World web site on its South African history page at this link.

Historian Irving Hexham notes within Christianity in Southern Central Africa Prior to 1910. that quote: [ The majority of the original white settlers, known as Cape Dutch, or in frontier regions Boers, maintained a nominal loyalty to the Dutch Reformed Church. ] Link to document.

The author Brian Du Toit notes on page 1 of The Boers in East Africa: Ethnicity and Identity that quote: [ The Boers had a tradition of trekking. Boer society was born on the frontiers of white settlement and on the outskirts of civilization. As members of a frontier society they always had a hinterland, open spaces to conquer, territory to occupy. Their ancestors had moved away from the limiting confines of Cape society to settle the eastern frontier. In time this location became too restricted, and individuals and families moved north across the Orange River. ] Link to book. Thus demonstrating that the Boers were distinct from the Cape Dutch.

The notable author Arthur Kemp noted in The Boers of Southern Africa that quote: [ This group of Cape Dutch settlers therefore always opposed the Boers' drive for independence and anti-colonialism, and, along with the British settlers, were the true colonial masters of Southern Africa, while the Boers always tried to get away from this mentality and state of affairs. ] Link to document. The Boers always wanted to get away from Colonialism not perpetuate it as the other groups had.

On page Page 41 of the 1957 book The Last Trek: A Study of the Boer People and the Afrikaner Nation by author Sheila Patterson: she states quote: [ It will be noted that the mythology now being propagated is a Voortrekker mythology. Starting with the wrongs of the frontiersmen, it proceeds via the Trek to the Anglo-Boer Wars, well nigh ignoring the contribution of the Cape Dutch. Such is the dynamic of this mythology that the Cape Nationalists accepted it and ignored their own fine history and tradition. ] Link to book. End of quote. They ignored it no doubt in order to usurp the history of the Boers in order to prevent them from easily leaving the new British created dispensation.

The Cape Dutch were a notable & documented population group which coalesced in & around Cape Town up to Stellenbosch / Paarl & Wellington & were coined as such by the Trekboers who began moving inland into Africa during the late 17th cent. just a few decades after the initial settlement at Cape Town.

1 Opinion(s):

Islandshark said...

Ron, if I don't know many things, this much I do know. I can count on my one hand the number of people with extraordinary knowledge of the Boers. You are one of the first two.

Since you are a humble guy, I won't mention which one!