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South Africa played an important role in the formation of an image of Africa in Europe during the 'long eighteenth century'. The deep interior of the country was accessible only from the Cape. This book analyses how Southern Africa was represented in words and images during the period when the Cape Colony was under the jurisdiction of the voc (Dutch East India Company) and the Dutch state. The author has generally emphasised the ethnographic representations in travel accounts and in images. All travel accounts have something to say about the culture and the appearance of the indigenous population. The extent of the ethnographic description could range from incidental remarks to, in exceptional cases, a complete book on an indigenous population group such as The Kaffirs on the South Coast of Africa was written by Ludwig Alberti in 1810. The author also refers to zoological and cartographic representations in passing.

Keywords: Atlantic World; Cape Colony; cartographic representations; Dutch East India Company; ethnographic representations; jurisdiction; South Africa; travel accounts; zoological



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