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Title:Danster and the Xhosa of the Gariep: towards a political economy of the Cape Frontier 1790-1820
Author:Kallaway, PeterISNI
Year:1982
Periodical:African Studies
Volume:41
Issue:1
Pages:143-160
Language:English
Geographic terms:The Cape
South Africa
Subjects:Xhosa
economic history
history
1700-1799
1800-1899
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Economics and Trade
Abstract:The impact of the early Xhosa traders, hunters and settlers of the Northern Border is difficult to assess. Yet it is clear that their presence on the Gariep considerably changed the delicate balance of political and military forces in the area, and that through this they were able to influence the shape of the changes that occured. This article describes how, under the leadership of Danster, one of the most effective leaders of the Xhosa of the Orange (Gariep) River, they came to perform political and economic roles traditionally associated with the White colonials, entering into exchange relations with mercantile capital both as intermediaries in the ivory trade and as direct producers for the Cape Market. Map, notes, photogr., tab.
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