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A Living Man from AfricaJan Tzatzoe, Xhosa Chief and Missionary, and the Making of Nineteenth-Century South Africa$
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Roger S. Levine

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780300125214

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300125214.001.0001

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Charles Darwin in Cape Town November, 2000

Charles Darwin in Cape Town November, 2000

(p.123) Charles Darwin in Cape Town November, 2000
A Living Man from Africa

Roger S. Levine

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on Cape Town's auspicious guest so deserving of commemoration: Charles Darwin. Darwin sailed into Cape Town while on one of the most famous voyages in history. During the first two weeks of June 1836 Darwin took away a generally positive impression of the little town and the great mass of stratified sandstone, known then and now as Table Mountain, at its head. He could compare the Cape Colony favorably to other fragments of the civilized world that his ship had visited in the southern hemisphere. Little embryo Englands are hatching in all parts, he concluded. Cape Colony was imbricated in the international intellectual and political currents of its day.

Keywords:   auspicious guest, Cape Town, Charles Darwin, Table Mountain, civilized world

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