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13 - Who Was Autshumao’s Niece?

The Arrival of Europeans in South Africa and the Demise of the Khoesan

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  30 August 2022

Johan Fourie
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University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
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At least two decades before the arrival of the first European colonists at the southern tip of Africa, Autshumao, the chief of the Gorinhaikonas, settled in Table Bay. Although Europeans had sailed past the Cape in 1488, the volume of ships only increased after the establishment of the VOC in 1602 and the expansion of the spice trade between Europe and the East Indies. For many a ship’s captain Table Bay offered a place of refuge and replenishment, where they could find fresh water, wood for fuel, and meat purchased from the Gorinhaikonas, the Khoesan clan who lived in and around the bay. But communication for the purpose of trade proved difficult and so, in 1630, Autshumao was taken aboard a Dutch ship to Bantam in present-day Indonesia, where he learned Dutch and English. Two years later he opened a trading post on Robben Island, delivering letters for European ships, before moving back to the mainland in 1640.

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Our Long Walk to Economic Freedom
Lessons from 100,000 Years of Human History
, pp. 71 - 77
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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  • Who Was Autshumao’s Niece?
  • Johan Fourie, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Book: Our Long Walk to Economic Freedom
  • Online publication: 30 August 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009228503.014
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  • Johan Fourie, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Book: Our Long Walk to Economic Freedom
  • Online publication: 30 August 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009228503.014
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  • Who Was Autshumao’s Niece?
  • Johan Fourie, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Book: Our Long Walk to Economic Freedom
  • Online publication: 30 August 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009228503.014
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