NOTTINGHAMSHIRE SETTLERS AND LOCATIONS IN THE EASTERN CAPE OF GOOD HOPE, Bicentennial edition (1820-2020)

: Smith (R.)

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627pp., 4to., illus., maps, paperback, Hermanus, 2020

 

"In this densely detailed slice of nineteenth-century South Africa's history of immigrant English settlement, Rob Smith's massively-researched reconstruction of the experiences of colonists from Nottinghamshire provides an endless stream of really fascinating stuff. A rich and dramatic portrait, it illuminates the swirling imaginings and assumptions, achievements and setbacks, and dogged persistence that characterised those who swopped the damp land of the mythical Robin Hood for the warm lands of the amaXhosa." Bill Nasson, Emeritus Professor in History, Stellenbosch University

"The story of the Nottinghamshire Settlers to the Cape is of immense historical importance, not only to the descendants of the families who emigrated there in hopes of a better life in 1820, but to contemporary historians of race, empire, and colonialism. Rob Smith's meticulous exploration of the surviving archives, both printed and manuscript, uncovers the human drama at the heart of this momentous undertaking for the first time in two hundred years." Richard Gaunt, University of Nottingham