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Title:Griqua government
Author:Ross, RobertISNI
Year:1974
Periodical:African Studies
Volume:33
Issue:1
Pages:25-42
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:Griqualand polity
history
1800-1899
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:This paper investigates the ways in which the Griqua people of southern Africa organized their political life in the period between the establishment of stable forms of government in about 1830 and the queshing of such government by the imposition of colonial rule in 1871 and 1874. In order to do so it introduces the term 'Captaincy', as the most suitable appellation for these polities, and outlines the historical and social development of these people. It then describes the appointment and functions of the various officers of government, the workings of the legislative and juridical bodies and the effects on the internal organization of the Griqua Captaincies of their relations with each other and with the various Bantu tribes over which they held suzerainty. It does not analyse the relationship of the Griquas with the White powers in southern Africa. Notes.
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