The relationship between the Dutch and the Africans between 1652 and1795

The relationship between the Dutch and the Africans between 1652 and1795
  • Africans were displaced by the Boers who were stronger than them. In fact the Africans were pushed to drier areas such as the Namibian desert.
  • Africans lost their fertile land to the Dutch who were very greedy for productive land.

  • Africans were enslaved by the Boers and they were exposed to inhuman treatment.
  • Africans lost their political independence to the Dutch hence they lost their political freedom and power to the stronger Boers.
  • The Bantu were raided for cattle which resulted into counter raids from the Bantu.
  • The Khoisan lost their hunting grounds to the Boers hence the Africans were forced to offer labour to the farms.
  • There was an increased population in South Africa which resulted in land conflicts.
  • The intermarriage between Dutch and African led to the the emergence of a new race of half-casts called coloreds.
  • Africans began to suffer from European diseases such as T.B. Most Africans were not immune to such diseases which claimed many.

  • A new language developed due to the intermix of races. This language is known as Afrikaans.
  • Africans copied European habits like prostitution
  • The Boers had no respect for the Africans. This annoyed the Africans to fight the Dutch.
  • African traditional leaders were disrespected
  • Racial segregation spread to Africans resulting later into apartheid.
  • Africans lost their freedom of movement as they were locked up in camps.
  • Africans become poor as their proper had been taken by the whites.
  • Better roads were constructed hence improved transport and communication.
  • Some Africans were taught new farming methods which improved on the agricultural produce in the region

  • Africans copied the cultures of the Dutch such as eating, dressing dancing.
  • Many Africans lost their lives in the wars fought with the Dutch


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