The Forgotten Frontier. Colonists & Khoisan on the Cape’s northern frontier in the 18th century

The Forgotten Frontier. Colonists & Khoisan on the Cape’s northern frontier in the 18th century: What happened to the Khoisan societies of the Cape?
Penn, Nigel
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Title: The Forgotten Frontier
Subtitle: Colonists & Khoisan on the Cape’s northern frontier in the 18th century
Author: Nigel Penn
Publisher: Double Storey Books
Cape Town, South Africa 2005
ISBN 1770130268 / ISBN 1-77-013026-8
ISBN 9781770130265 / ISBN 978-1-77-013026-5
Softcover, 15 x 23 cm, 400 pages, 8 maps

About: The Forgotten Frontier. Colonists & Khoisan on the Cape’s northern frontier in the 18th century

In South African history, the Eastern Cape has been traditionally regarded as the defining frontier between white and black. But there was an earlier frontier in the history of the country, where the conflict between Dutch colonists and indigenous herders and hunters, the Khoi and San („Hottentots“ and „Bushmen“), was in many ways more brutal and violent in its manner, and just as significant in its effects on later South African history. This was the frontier north of Cape Town, which from the earliest days of Dutch settlement began advancing through fits and starts into the interior. By the end of the 18th century, the frontier had reached the Orange (Gariep) River and the indigenous Khoisan people, after initial resistance, had been defeated and absorbed as an underclass into the colonial world or else expelled beyond it, to regions where new creole communities emerged. Nigel Penn, whose previous book, Rogues, Rebels and Runaways, revealed him as a master storyteller with a novelist's sensitivity to plot and character and a staggering, command of the archival record, brings the same qualities to hear in recovering this epic story. Filled with extraordinary personalities and memorable episodes, and set in the often harsh landscape of the Western and Northern Cape, this book tells an important story.

Contents: The Forgotten Frontier. Colonists & Khoisan on the Cape’s northern frontier in the 18th century

Preface
Introduction

The advance of the colonial frontier, 1700-1740
1. Colonial expansion and Khoisan resistance
2. Rebellion and war
Khoisan, colonists and commandos, 1740-1802
3. Khoisan and colonists of the Cape interior
4. The time of the commandos
The north-western frontier zone, 1700-1802
5. Societies of the Orange River
6. Raiders across the river
'Civilising' the San, 1790-1799
7. Peace proposals and pacification
8. The coming of the missionaries
9. The closing of the northern frontier
Notes
Bibliography
Index

List of maps
1. The northern Cape, 1815
2. The northern Cape frontier zone, 1700-1740
3. The northern Cape frontier zone, 1705
4. The Cape interior, 1770
5. Khoisan societies of the Orange River, 1779
6. Namaqualand and the north-western Cape
7. The Cape interior, 1785
8. Cape districts and the northern boundary, 1805

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