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The Missing People: Accounting for Indigenous Populations in Cape Colonial History

Fourie, Johan and Green, Erik LU (2014)
Abstract
Because information on the livelihoods of indigenous groups is often missing from colonial records, their presence usually escapes attention in quantitative estimates of colonial growth, inequality and productivity. This is nowhere more apparent than in the eighteenth-century Dutch Cape Colony where the role of Khoesan in Cape production has frequently been acknowledged but almost completely ignored in quantitative investigations. Combining household-level settler data with anecdotal accounts of Khoesan labour, this paper explores the impact of including Khoesan guesstimates into earlier calculations of slave productivity, societal inequality and GDP growth in the VOC period.
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Cape Colony, Khoesan, economic history, settler agriculture
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24 pages
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Economic Research Southern Africa (ERSA)
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English
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  abstract     = {Because information on the livelihoods of indigenous groups is often missing from colonial records, their presence usually escapes attention in quantitative estimates of colonial growth, inequality and productivity. This is nowhere more apparent than in the eighteenth-century Dutch Cape Colony where the role of Khoesan in Cape production has frequently been acknowledged but almost completely ignored in quantitative investigations. Combining household-level settler data with anecdotal accounts of Khoesan labour, this paper explores the impact of including Khoesan guesstimates into earlier calculations of slave productivity, societal inequality and GDP growth in the VOC period.},
  author       = {Fourie, Johan and Green, Erik},
  keyword      = {Cape Colony,Khoesan,economic history,settler agriculture},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {24},
  publisher    = {ARRAY(0xb13de58)},
  title        = {The Missing People: Accounting for Indigenous Populations in Cape Colonial History},
  year         = {2014},
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