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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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Makana's Kraal 1816

Makana's Kraal 1816

A Door to that Numerous Race is Opened

(p.34) Makana's Kraal 1816
A Living Man from Africa

Roger S. Levine

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on Read's Xhosaland mission, where Joseph Williams, Jan Tzatzoe, and a few Khoisan assistants were granted permission to enter Xhosaland. At the time, the British were having a difficult time administering the European settlement zone, the boundary of which they have recently extended. By sanctioning the Xhosaland mission, colonial officials wished to introduce the Xhosa, who have already witnessed the power of British military might, to the more compassionate aspects of their civilization. Others likely saw the missionaries being able to gain access where soldiers cannot, providing invaluable knowledge of their current antagonists and potential future subjects. The next step for Bethelsdorp was preparing a convoy to deliver men and material into Xhosaland to establish a mission station.

Keywords:   colonial officials, Read's Xhosaland mission, Joseph Williams, Jan Tzatzoe, Khoisan assistants, mission station

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