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From: Steve Hayes <>
Subject: Re: Early Cape Tolerance
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2000 05:28:37 +0200
On 26 Mar 00, at 8:41, Ernest Bessinger wrote:
> > Hopefully everything is not just relative. Since then intolerance can be
> > presented as tolerance by comparing it with a much more intolerant
> > situation.
> I think it is worthwhile to think of why the Religious persecuted (like
> the Huguenots) felt it saver to move to other countries (like SA) instead
> of hiding in Holland. Additionally the overberg people (where the mainly
> fryburgers moved to) seems to have had their own rules. Is this not the
> start of 'us and them'?
Perhaps because there were more economic opportunities for them
at the Cape, and the VOC offered them something. Refugees very
often have to take what they are offered, because the countries
they go to first are not geared to being able to support a huge influx
of new people.
Bear in mind that only a minuscule proportion of Huguenots came
to the Cape then. Many more of them went to England, America,
Prussia and other places. Some of my wife's ancestors were
Huguenots, and their descendants came to South Africa with the
German Settlers of 1858. They also stayed French a lot longer
than most of the Cape Huguenots did - had names like Payard,
Bevierre, Devantier, de la Croix, Varembourg, Peronne.
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