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Batavian Colonial Politics And Travel Accounts About South Africa

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With reference to the Batavian travel texts on South Africa, the author wants to show in the first place the extent to which texts of this type were related to the development of colonial policy. In the second place he wants to examine how the Batavian travel accounts can be distinguished from one another and what images of South Africa they project. The administrative Batavian travel accounts can be divided roughly into two groups: journals that attempt to link up with an existing discourse on South Africa as established especially by published travel accounts written by a cosmopolitan group of travellers, and documents that do not. Taken all together, the Batavian travel accounts form a coherent colonial discourse about land use and inhabitants intended to assist the colonial government in getting a better grip on the interior (the details fall beyond the scope of this chapter).

Keywords: Batavian Colonial Politics; development; inhabitants; journals; land use; South Africa; Travel Accounts



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