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A stone wall out of the earth that thundering cannon cannot destroy: bastion and moat at the Castle, Cape Town

Hall, M, Halkett, D, Vanbeek, PH and Klose, J 1990, 'A stone wall out of the earth that thundering cannon cannot destroy: bastion and moat at the Castle, Cape Town' , Social Dynamics-a Journal of the Centre for African Studies University of Cape Town, 16 (1) , pp. 22-37.

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Abstract

Although the urgency with which the Dutch East India Company administration at the Cape built defensive works was a direct result of their fear of attack from both land and sea, there was an additional imperative, for the Castle at Cape Town stood as a symbol of Dutch colonial aspirations. In this paper, we compare written and material texts of one part of the Castle's architecture to show firstly, how the discordances between such sources can reveal an underside of early colonization and secondly, how the Castle moat, in the seventeenth century a stamp of aspirant power, was by the mid-nineteenth century a dump and a public nuisance.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > D History General and Old World > DT Africa
Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Justice Research
Strategic Leadership Team
Journal or Publication Title: Social Dynamics-a Journal of the Centre for African Studies University of Cape Town
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0253-3952
Depositing User: AL Sherwin
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2010 15:34
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:15
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/7466

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