The San of the Cape thirstland and L. Anthing's "Special Mission"
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The Cape Thirstland (comprising modern Namaqualand, Bushmanland, the Karoo, Gordonia and Griqualand West) became, from the beginning of the influx of herding and cultivating peoples into South Africa, an area of retreat - not only for San hunters and gatherers but later for disgruntled Khoi/Coloureds and Bantu-speakers. As population pressure grew, so the search for unoccupied land became more urgent, and even the most arid part of the country became coveted. What the first chapter of this essay attempts to show is how the San were caught up in the general competition for land, which seems to have shaped so much of South Africa's history, and how they dealt with the threat to their independence.
Bibliography: p. 67-72.
Findlay, D. 1977. The San of the Cape thirstland and L. Anthing's "Special Mission". University of Cape Town.