Sugar and Settlers: A history of the Natal South Coast, 1850-1910

AFRICAN SUN MeDIA, 12.09.2015 - 415 Seiten

Duncan Du Bois provides a detailed and fascinating history of a hitherto much-neglected part of what was the colony of Natal. Based primarily on original archival research, he traces the southward advance of the white settler frontier and its sugar-based economy from Isipingo to the Mzimkulu river and, without the sugar engine, to the Mtamvuna.
This study highlights challenges faced by settler enterprise which were not unique to that particular region, but crucial in shaping its history. These included rugged geography, slow infrastructural development, insufficient investment capital and a heavy demand for labour to meet the needs of plantation agriculture. The settler economy’s relations with and reliance on indigenous African people and imported Indian workers therefore constitute further important dimensions of the book.
As such it is a valuable addition to the history of white settlement and its impact, both human and environmental, on southern Africa.


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The settlement of Isipingo
Southward colonising presence
The birth of Alfred County
Alexandra County 18601870
A decade of lost opportunities
The Thomas Reynolds years
Cinderella county
Part 2
Indians on the South Coast
Part 3
Economic growth pestilence and war
Coast of dreams and stagnation
Bibliography and addenda
Other titles by the author
Back cover

A review of African interaction with colonisation

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Über den Autor (2015)

 Duncan Du Bois retired from secondary education in 2010 having spent more than 30 years teaching History at matric level as well as occasional classes of English First Language.

In 1990 the degree of Master of Arts was conferred on him by the University of Natal for his dissertation titled ‘Sir John Robinson, the Mercury and the Indian Question in Natal 1860-1897’.

In 2011 he published Labourer or Settler? Colonial Natal’s Indian Dilemma, and commenced research for a PhD in History on the topic ‘Sugar and settlers: the colonisation of the Natal South Coast 1850-1910’ at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. The degree was conferred on him in 2014. His work Sugar and Settlers: A history of the Natal South Coast 1850-1910 is the result of expanded research and reworking of his doctoral thesis. Since 2010 his academic contributions have been published in Natalia, Historia, Nidan and New Contree.

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