South African Traits by James MackinnonSouth African Traits by James Mackinnon

South African Traits

byJames Mackinnon

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1887 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XX. PAST AND PRESENT. HIS century has been a memorable one for South Africa. Unlike the 150 years preceding it, when the Cape languished under the rule of the Dutch East India Company..-. it has been marked by the stir of progress, and the excitement of great events. As in Europe, so in South Africa, its dawn was ushered in amid the tramp of battalions and the strife of contending hosts. The more important events, which follow, are--the immigration of about 5000 British colonists in 1820, and the forming of the Eastern Province of the Cape Colony; the struggle with a high-handed Governor, Lord C. Somerset, for a free press--terminated successfully in 1828; the generous legislation on behalf of the Hottentots and slaves; the founding of the South African College at Cape Town, and the gradual extension of education; the great increase of missionary activity; the building of lighthouses, and the improvement of harbours and roads; the colonisation of Natal, the Free State, and the Transvaal by the Trek-Boers; the construction of great passes over the mountains; the agitation against making the Cape a convict station; the acquirement of self-government in 1853; the opening of the copper mines in Namaqualand; the discovery of diamonds at a time of great commercial depression, and the consequent rush of diggers in 1869, and revival of trade; the commencement in 1873 of railway construction, bridge-building, and telegraph extension on a large scale. Most of these can be traced to British energy, the dissatisfied Boers keeping aloof in old-fashioned ease in the interior solitudes. Greater advances could have been made, had not native wars and disagreements with the Boers acted as obstacles. Yet in their own way, the Boers have done much to open up Africa. Th...
Title:South African TraitsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:90 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.19 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:021755590X

ISBN - 13:9780217555906