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Title:Labour Supply and the Genesis of South African Confederation in the 1870's
Author:Etherington, Norman A.
Year:1979
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Volume:20
Issue:2
Pages:235-253
Language:English
Geographic terms:South Africa
Natal
Subjects:employment
confederations
history
1870-1879
History and Exploration
Labor and Employment
Ethnic and Race Relations
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/181516
Abstract:The scheme of Britain Colonial Secretary, Lord Carnarvon, for a South African Confederation in the 1870s owed much more than has been generally recognised to influences emanating from Natal, in particular Natal's need for a secure and regular flow of Migrant labour. Theophilus Shepstone, Natal Secretary for Native Affairs fully grasped the economic advantages of Confederation and clearly understood the connection between African administration, economic development and labour supply. Behind Shops tone stood a dedicated group of expansionists in Natal. As a result of three new factors which emerged in southern Africa in the late 1860s - mineral discoveries, the establishment of regular labour migration routes, and the extension of the campaign against the slave trade to central and east Africa - the perceptions of Shepstone and the expansive interests of Natal became, for a brief period, British imperial policy. Map, notes, sum.
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