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Title:Ambiguities of resistance and collaboration on the Eastern Cape frontier: the Kat River settlement 1829-1856
Author:Ross, RobertISNI
Book title:Rethinking resistance: revolt and violence in African history
Geographic terms:South Africa
The Cape
Great Britain
national liberation movements
External link:https://hdl.handle.net/1887/12892
Abstract:This chapter unravels the complexities of resistance to, and collaboration with, the British colonizers of the Eastern Cape, South Africa, by the inhabitants of the Upper Kat River Valley. Since the Khoikhoi landholders of the valley had received their land as a result of British action against the Xhosa, and had generally accepted the precepts of mission Christianity, it could on the one hand be expected that they would fight on the side of the British against the Xhosa. On the other hand, they were subjected to racist attacks by the British settlers whose farms they defended, and by British officials. In addition, the ethnic distinction, on which the British acted, between Xhosa and Khoikhoi was more tenuous than they generally assumed. As a result, in the successive wars on the Eastern Frontier, the stance taken by the Khoikhoi was often uncertain, and finally led to a minority joining the Xhosa, and thus going into rebellion against the British. Notes, ref., sum. [Book abstract]