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Title:Explaining ship traffic fluctuations at the early Cape settlement 1652-1793
Authors:Boshoff, Willem H.
Fourie, JohanISNI
Year:2008
Periodical:South African Journal of Economic History
Volume:23
Issue:1-2
Pages:1-27
Language:English
Geographic terms:South Africa
The Cape
Subjects:economic history
maritime transport
Abstract:The first Europeans to settle in South Africa arrived at the Cape in 1652 to establish a halfway station for ships sailing between Europe and the East Indies under the command of the Dutch East India Company (VOC). Using new data from the three-volume publication 'Dutch-Asiatic shipping in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries' by J.R. Bruijn, F.S. Gaastra and I. Schöffer (1979-1987), the present authors examine the historical growth and decline of Dutch ship traffic in Table Bay during the period of VOC control (1652-1793). New econometric techniques on business cycle analysis enable the identification of medium-term fluctuations. Historical evidence supports the empirical results. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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