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By Gavin Lucas

ISBN-10: 0306485389

ISBN-13: 9780306485381

ISBN-10: 0306485397

ISBN-13: 9780306485398

This publication examines how colonial identities have been developed within the Cape Colony of South Africa seeing that its institution within the 17th century as much as the 20th century. it truly is an explicitly archaeological technique yet which additionally attracts extra generally on documentary fabric to ascertain how diversified humans within the colony – from settler to slave – built identities via fabric tradition. The e-book explores 3 key teams: The Dutch East India corporation, the unfastened settlers and the slaves, via a couple of archaeological websites and contexts. With the archaeological facts, the ebook examines how those diversified teams have been enmeshed inside racial, sexual, and sophistication ideologies within the broader context of capitalism and colonialism, and attracts greatly on present social idea, particularly post-colonialism, feminism and Marxism. This booklet is aimed essentially at archaeologists, yet also will allure historians and people drawn to cultural thought and fabric tradition stories. in particular, historic archaeologists and scholars of historic archaeology could be the fundamental readership and purchasers.

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Population. e. the slaves—were more familiar with these vessel forms as everyday ceramics t h a n the European colonists to whom they represented an expensive item is not to be overlooked. Indeed, the porcelain at the Cape perhaps not only reflected the ethnic origins of the slaves but the 38 Chapter 2 cultural world to which many in the colony looked—Asia, not Africa or Europe. Although porcelain was the most common ceramic in use at the Cape, the use of European style earthenwares and stonewares was not absent at the Cape, indeed within years of the colony's establishment, a local pottery was set up to produce European style glazed earthenwares (Abrahams 1994; Jordan 2000).

The 'Batavii' was the name of the tribe occupying the Netherlands region in the 1st century AD as recounted by Tacitus, and there were many histories in the 17th century which attempted to trace Dutch culture back to these ancestors as part of the new nationalist spirit (Schama 1991:72-81). As well as being used for their chief eastern colony, the name was also employed in place of United Provinces for the new Batavian Republic in the early 19th century in the wake of the French Revolution—and probably with similar connotations.

E. the Castle) at Good Hope to the local context of Table Bay proved as difficult as the old fort, and it suffered similar problems of collapsing walls. Indeed, the disparity between the intended or ideal plan and the actual plan reveals the symbolic aspirations of the forts at Good Hope as much as, if not more t h a n its functional utility. Indeed, like the earlier fort, the castle was never tested in conflict. As Hall has argued, the castle served as a symbol of Dutch colonial power and presence in the landscape as much as anything and in practice, this symbol was constantly being compromised by its inability to live up to its ideal (Hall et al.

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