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The First Ethnographic Monograph: De Kaffers Aan De Zuidkust Van Afrika (1810)

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In this chapter the author sets out to explore the structure of De Kaffers aan de Zuidkust van Afrika and study the way in which Alberti followed the questionnaire and the ethnographic paradigm in Degérando’s Considérations. He wishes to investigate: the way in which Alberti attempted, by means of his book, to realise his ambition to be (re-)appointed as landdrost of the district of Uitenhage. Alberti wanted to realise several objectives with his book. In the first place the book is a letter of application. The book is dedicated to Louis Napoleon, Napoleon's brother and king of Holland at the time the book was printed. Alberti presents himself to the King in his "Voorberigt" as the future administrator of his district. The book is in the first place an ethnographic monograph. In the conclusion he presents himself as a pragmatic administrator to whom the interests of the colony come first.

Keywords: administrator; De Kaffers Aan De Zuidkust Van Afrika ; Degérando’s Considérations; district of Uitenhage; king of Holland; landdrost; letter of application; Lodewyk Alberti; questionnaire; The First Ethnographic Monograph



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