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(without typos) from the publisher. 1836. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... CHAPTER IV. POPULATION, -TERRITORIAL DIVISION, --STOCK AND
PRODUCE, -DESCRIPTION OF THE VARIOUS CLASSES OF INHABITANTS, -THEIR
MANNERS, -CUSTOMS, -LANGUAGE, -CIVILISATION, &C. &C. SOUTH
Africa, when first visited by the Portuguese, Dutch and English,
was, considering the country and barbarous state of the
inhabitants, extensively peopled by a race termed Hottentots, who,
together with other nations and tribes, will be subsequently
treated of. The Hottentots, from being masters of the soil, became
in a short time the servants of the Dutch settlers, and, as in the
West Indies and North America, sank before the white race; their
numbers, though still considerable (upwards of 30,000), being very
much reduced. The first authentic account of the state of the
colony is furnished by the Oppgaff or tax lists for 1798, when the
Cape was in our possession, and the returns were required to be
made for the first time on oath.* * For extended details from 1798
to 1834, see the large Edition of this Work. According to the
Oppgaff returns the population from 1797 to 1807 had augmented
upwards of 10,000: its progress at intervals is thus shewn: -- It
is not possible to rely on the foregoing; neither is it right to
estimate the following as correct, because both being derived from
the Opgaff, or tax rolls, they do not include a number of people
who wander about the country, without any fixed location; and in
consequence of the poll tax, many heads are, for obvious reasons,
not counted in a large establishment: there can be no doubt however
that the present population is upwards of 150,000; how many of this
number are whites it is impossible to state accurately, but they
amount at least to 60,000. Emigration has slightly added to the
population: our accounts of the settlers arrivin...
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