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Title:The Activities of the London Missionary Society in South Africa, 1806-1836: An Assessment
Author:Boas, Jack
Periodical:African Studies Review
Geographic term:South Africa
History and Exploration
Religion and Witchcraft
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/523513
Abstract:South Africa's current inflexible position on apartheid may be related to events that took place in the early part of the 19th century. During this period, British efforts to bring about the 'equalization' of the native peoples led to the 'first clash of significance' between the British and the Afrikaners; and because the agents of the London Missionary Society at the Cape and in England agitated for many of the reforms introduced by the home government in its South African colony, the Afrikaners have held them responsible for setting in motion the events leading to the Great Trek of 1836. This essay examines the specific role played by the missionaries of the Society from 1806 to 1836 with the object of determining whether their influence in fact was as great as has been alleged both by supporters and opponents of their activities. Ref., notes.