The First People of the Cape: A Look at Their History and the Impact of Colonialism on the Cape's Indigenous People

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New Africa Books, 2003 - History - 102 pages
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This fascinating account of the Cape's indigenous people traces the origins and history of the San hunter-gatherers, whose ancestry in southern Africa dates back at least 120,000 years, and the Khoekhoe herders, who arrived in the south-western Cape about 2000 years ago. This is the first in a new series of full-color heritage books aimed at both local and overseas tourists. The author uncovers the rich history of the indigenous people of the Cape: Stone Age people, the San and the Khoikhoi, as well as the Griqua. This is the first time this history has been presented in a comprehensive, accessible way in a single book: The many specially-commissioned photos vividly bring to life the sites and events discussed; Maps and contact details are given for readers wishing to visit the heritage sites.

The book has been produced in consultation with the South African Heritage Agency.
  

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Contents

Preface
7
Matjes River Rock Shelter
20
A change of heart in the northeast
33
FIRST HERDERS OF THE CAPE
40
Smallpox and Khoekhoe labour
53
A precarious honeymoon and painful divorce
70
Can the Griqua claim first people status?
83
NOTES
100
Copyright

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About the author (2003)

ALAN MOUNTAIN - is a seasoned writer and photographer as well as a communications and development consultant. He was born and educated in South Africa and is the author of several books, including An Unsung Heritage - Perspectives on Slavery (David Philip, 2004) and First People of the Cape (David Philip, 2003). He lives in Cape Town.

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