In the Heart of the Country In The Heart Of The Country In History - Essay

J. M. Coetzee

In The Heart Of The Country In History

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)


The first white colonizers arrived at the Cape of Good Hope, close to the southernmost point of Africa, in 1652, to establish a refreshment station which might supply fresh food and water to the Dutch East India Company's ships when they stopped there on their way to Dutch colonies in the East Indies. The Company tried to control and limit its employees' contacts with the indigenous peoples, the Khoikhoi (known to the Dutch as the Hottentots) and the San (Bushmen), and to prevent their employees and former employees from expanding white settlements northwards, inland from Cape Town and the lands immediately surrounding it. Nevertheless, as the population...

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