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Title:Gesaghebber teen wil en dank: Abraham Josias Sluysken, die laatste kommissaris-generaal van die V.O.C. aan die Kaap, 1793-1795
Author:De Villiers, JohanISNI
Periodical:Historia: amptelike orgaan
Geographic terms:South Africa
colonial administrators
trading companies
biographies (form)
About person:Abraham Josias Sluysken
Abstract:Abraham Josias Sluysken was the last commissioner of the Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie, VOC) at the Cape, South Africa, from 1793 to 1795. An assessment of Sluysken's brief period as Commissioner-General at the Cape must take into account a variety of factors. First, he was unprepared to take over this responsible post. Second, the Dutch East India Company was on the verge of bankruptcy and its singular goal to promote its own financial interests caused much local resentment. Furthermore, Sluysken was faced with escalating conflict in the interior of the Cape Colony. The international scene also turned against peaceful progress in the Colony. When, in 1795, a British fleet arrived in Simon's Bay, Sluysken's capacity as a military strategist proved to be limited. His diplomacy in negotiations, poor military support and indecisiveness proved to be disastrous for Dutch republican interests. He was a loyal administrator in the service of the Company, but not the beloved 'Father' of his people. Ref., sum. in English and Afrikaans (p. vi), text in Afrikaans. [Journal abstract, edited]