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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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British Kaffraria 1845–1868

British Kaffraria 1845–1868

Our perilous condition and our duties as subjects

(p.175) British Kaffraria 1845–1868
A Living Man from Africa

Roger S. Levine

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses Tzatzoe's meeting with Sir Peregrine Maitland, the Governor of the Cape, more than twenty years after he helped John Brownlee establish the Chumie Mission Station. He was joined by other Xhosa chiefs living in the eastern Cape border region. The abrogation in 1844 of the so-called Stockenstrom treaties had led to widespread tension. The Xhosa correctly surmised that the British settlers and their government abettors intended to capture more land for themselves. Racial tension polarized all interactions. Stretch reported that, even among the amaNtinde, there existed a sullen reckless determination to try their strength with the Colony. In a move that revealed the complex and seemingly contradictory nature of his relationship with Jan Tzatzoe, Brownlee requested one hundred stand of arms from a local British military officer to arm five hundred warriors under Tzatzoe's control.

Keywords:   abrogation, Sir Peregrine Maitland, John Brownlee, Chumie Mission Station, Xhosa chiefs

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