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(Ex)changing Knowledge And Nature At The Cape Of Good Hope, Circa 1652–1700

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The agricultural enterprise of the Dutch trading company allowed for an intersection of local knowledge, nature, and networks that then flowed via the Dutch East India Company (VOC) channels to distant Amsterdam or Batavia. In 1652, the Dutch began a refreshment station at Table Bay as part of their commercial expansion. This chapter deals with that representations were ways to claim 'nature'. By transforming the wilderness into a geometrical nature the Dutch shifted from a situation of dependency on the local population to one of domination and control. The VOC ultimately proved more powerful as its knowledge network was amenable to stable travel and broad application such as producing maps, charts, and other standardized modes of knowledge communication. The Cape natives living close to the Fort had informed the settlers also about the edibility of the wild asparagus.

Keywords: Amsterdam; Cape natives; Dutch trading company



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