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South Africa: saving the White voters from being ‘utterly swamped’

Julie Evans, Patricia Grimshaw, David Philips and Shurlee Swain

in Equal Subjects, Unequal Rights

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780719060038
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700334 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719060038.003.0008
South Africa: saving the White voters from being ‘utterly swamped’

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This chapter focuses on the voting rights and political outcomes of the intensified appropriation of Indigenous lands by British settler colonists in South Africa from the 1870s to 1910. By the 1870s, important economic and political developments in South Africa prompted Britain to act in consolidating its interests throughout the Southern African region. These developments, which included the ‘mineral revolution’ through the discovery of diamond fields and gold fields, and Lord Carnarvon's federation scheme of 1870, together reshaped the political geography of South Africa within three decades. By the end of the nineteenth century, the separate African polities had almost entirely disappeared under some form of European colonial jurisdiction, and Britain was also directly threatening the independence of the two Boer republics. The chapter summarizes the political developments related to the voting rights of people, including settlers and Indigenous in the British settler colonies of Natal and Cape Colony.

Keywords: British settler colonists; Natal; South Africa; Cape Colony; Lord Carnarvon; voting rights; Boer republics; mineral revolution; political geography; political developments

Chapter.  11325 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism

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