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White and Black: The Struggle for the Land

  • T. R. H. Davenport
  • Christopher Saunders


One view of the territorial changes which took place in the nineteenth century holds that they led to a fair and rational distribution of the land, the black chiefdoms holding on to what was traditionally theirs, the white settlers moving into areas which, though previously used by Khoisan and Bantu-speaking people, had been left empty as a result of the Difaqane. It should be clear from the events recorded in this chapter that such a view has little historical basis, and that outright competition for land — an increasingly scarce commodity — best explains the history of south Africa’s nineteenth-century frontiers.


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Bibliographical Notes

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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. R. H. Davenport
    • 1
  • Christopher Saunders
    • 2
  1. 1.Rhodes UniversityGrahamstownSouth Africa
  2. 2.University of Cape TownSouth Africa

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