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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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Kat River 1816–1818

Kat River 1816–1818

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(p.49) Kat River 1816–1818
A Living Man from Africa

Roger S. Levine

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the missionary adventure of Joseph Williams, which began in the winter of 1816. While ivory hunters, Boer traders, and the occasional runaway have crossed from the Cape Colony into Xhosaland, Williams was the first European to venture across the boundary intent on settling in the area as a fully recognized representative of the colony, of Christianity, and of British civilization. However, contrary to the story published in periodicals like the London Missionary Society's Transactions, Williams was not set adrift alone in the African wilderness and is intimately connected to the colony. He was also actively involved in tasks that are more political than ecclesiastical, more diplomatic than spiritual. The threats to his mission derived not from the resistance of faceless hordes to the disconcerting power of his teachings, but from the ongoing strife within the Xhosa state.

Keywords:   missionary adventure, Joseph Williams, Cape Colony, Xhosaland, African wilderness

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