An Archaeology of Colonial Identity: Power and Material by Gavin Lucas

By Gavin Lucas

This e-book examines how colonial identities have been developed within the Cape Colony of South Africa considering the fact that its institution within the 17th century as much as the 20th century. it truly is an explicitly archaeological strategy yet which additionally attracts extra commonly on documentary fabric to ascertain how various humans within the colony – from settler to slave – developed identities via fabric tradition. The ebook 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 e-book examines how those varied teams have been enmeshed inside racial, sexual, and sophistication ideologies within the broader context of capitalism and colonialism, and attracts generally on present social idea, specifically post-colonialism, feminism and Marxism. This ebook is aimed basically at archaeologists, yet also will allure historians and people attracted to cultural idea and fabric tradition stories. particularly, historic archaeologists and scholars of ancient archaeology would be the basic readership and dealers.

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Finally, it distributed the Asian imports to wherever in Europe it could get the best price, not preferentially to the Netherlands. Fundamentally, its greatest strength lay in its creation of a permanent capital, although this was by no means intentional. Most contemporary companies would return their proflts to their shareholders at the highest rate: the higher the profits, the higher the dividends. However, because the shareholders of the VOC were not involved in executive or management decisions—this was the role of the Board of Directors—a large part of the profits were invested back into the infrastructure of the Asian network.

Moreover, although the Dutch Reformed Church was the official church at the colony and many of the slaves were baptized, much of the slave and ex-slave population came from Islamic societies, and produced a distinctive and alternative culture at Cape Town to the official VOC one. Given t h a t when the Dutch first established their post in 1652, the relations at the Cape were primarily between the VOC and the Khoikhoi, in less t h a n a century, a community with diverse origins and classified into four separate groups, must have opened up many new problems for the VOC.

Source: South African Library MSB 974/2) were the two small furnaces, the coal store and smokehouse, a smithy and a dwelling house. There were probably other structures built too however—storage blocks, enclosures for the livestock and quarters for the Company men and the slaves. The progress on the mines was equally variable. There were two main phases of mining, an early phase focused on the upper level at the interface of the granite and sandstone, and a later phase working lower down the slopes closer to the mining quarters.

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