Cape Conflict
Cape Conflict
Protest and Political Alliances in a Dutch Settlement
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1. From refreshment to settlement
2. Dutch Africa
3. A big mistake
4. Traditions of protest
5. The burgher troubles spread like wildfire
6. The 404 burghers
7. Motives for protest
a. The 1778 ‘Revolution’
b. The Enlightenment
c. The “deteriorating state of the burghers”
d. Banishment and burgher honour
. The Cape elite – family and power
9. A challenge from within
10. Protests continued … and betrayed
11. Not Patriots, but matadors

Teun Baartman

Cape Conflict

Protest and Political Alliances in a Dutch Settlement

"From 1652 until 1795, the Cape of Good Hope was a Dutch settlement marked by tensions, often portrayed as antagonism between the oppressive Dutch East India Company (VOC) and aggrieved burgher as the underdogs. However, by comparing the political structures, institutions and dynamics of the Dutch Republic and its overseas settlement, the author demonstrates that the relationship was more cooperative and that the Cape burghers were able to influence policies in their favour similar to the way burghers in the Dutch Republic did by forming political factions. Using the Cape Conflict of the later eighteenth century as a case study, Baartman illustrates that it was in fact a fight for power between factions within the ruling elite, which consisted of VOC officials and burghers. This book offers new evidence, different interpretations and an innovative narrative about where burghers came from, what their position was, and how the Cape political world operated."

Teun Baartman

Teun Baartman has a PhD in History (University of Cape Town) and is a consultant researcher to Outsiders Within, a research archive project of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cape Town. He has contributed numerously to publications on burghers in the Cape Colony.