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Why are there white people in South Africa if white people didn’t like Africans in the sub Saharan part like South Africa?

I’m a black American and it’s so confusing to understand. Please someone explain why the Dutch took over?

1 Answer

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago
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    The Dutch settled in South Africa in the 16th and 17th centuries.  The original intention was to set up a way station for Dutch ships rounding the Cape.  Later, they established farms and vineyards to supply those ships. That's how the colony began, as a business venture, and soon the Dutch were joined by French and German farmers. Naturally after a while, those farmers thought of themselves as African natives. South Africa was where they were born; it was their homeland.

    Their claim (or the claim of their Afrikaner descendants) is that there were relatively few natives in the southernmost part of the continent. There were certainly SOME indigenous peoples there, but it's true that much of the land was empty, unfarmed, seemingly more or less free for the taking to people who actually wanted to settle down, though of course nomadic, indigenous, black tribes would have been using some of it. 

    It's also true that the Dutch, French, Germans and their descendants (also the British, who came along later) developed South Africa into a modern nation, founding cities, building an infrastructure and creating major institutions like universities and so forth. This made them even more determined in their claims that South Africa was theirs, that it did not and could not belong to any black or "colored" peoples.

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