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Assegais, drums & dragoons : a military and social history of the Cape 1510-1806

Author: Willem Steenkamp
Publisher: Johannesburg : Jonathan Ball Publishers, 2011.
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What motivated a small multiracial force of Cape-born soldiers - whites, coloureds and Malays - to put up such stiff resistance at the Battle of Blaauwberg in 1806, in spite of odds so overwhelming that even some long-serving professional soldiers broke rank and ran? This was the intriguing question that launched author Willem Steenkamp's research. It was an investigation which eventually took him back to 150 years  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Steenkamp, Willem.
Assegais, Drums & Dragoons : The Untold Military History of the Old Cape 1510 - 1806.
Johannesburg : Jonathan Ball Publishers, ©2012
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Willem Steenkamp
ISBN: 9781868424801 1868424804
OCLC Number: 801363819
Description: 1 online resource (588 pages)
Contents: Cover; Description; Quotes; Title Page; Foreword; Introduction; Chapter 1 --
A Golden Thread is Woven; Chapter 2 --
The Company Moves Inland: Birth of the Commando; Chapter 3 --
A New Society and the Passing of the Khoina; Chapter 4 --
Guarding the Cape; Chapter 5 --
Military Life at the Cape in the Early Years; Chapter 6 --
The Final Flowering; Chapter 7 --
Countdown for the VOC; Chapter 8 --
Invasion; Chapter 9 --
Oaths and Insurrections; Chapter 10 --
'De Kaap is weer Hollands!'; Chapter 11 --
Local Forces and Distant Threats; Chapter 12 --
Crisis in Europe --
and a Fateful Decision. Chapter 13 --
Prelude to BattleChapter 14 --
'A Most Tremendous Fire'; Chapter 15 --
Long Live King George!; Epilogue --
What if ...?; Photo Section; Appendices; Appendix One --
The VOC and Slavery; Appendix Two --
Naming the Khoina and Bushmen: the Controversy; Appendix Three --
Castle Routine in the 1720s; Appendix Four --
The Battle of Blaauwberg: An Analysis; Appendix Five --
Units and Uniforms at Muizenberg and Blaauwberg; Appendix Six --
Later Careers of Key Figures; Bibliography; Copyright Page.
Responsibility: Willem Steenkamp.

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What motivated a small multiracial force of Cape-born soldiers - whites, coloureds and Malays - to put up such stiff resistance at the Battle of Blaauwberg in 1806, in spite of odds so overwhelming that even some long-serving professional soldiers broke rank and ran? This was the intriguing question that launched author Willem Steenkamp's research. It was an investigation which eventually took him back to 150 years before Jan van Riebeeck landed at the Cape in 1652, and involved examining the social as well as the military history of the Cape. What Steenkamp discovered differs from what most.

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