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Title:Health issues pertaining to French Huguenot women and children at the Cape of Good Hope and in Charles Town, Carolina, 1685-1720
Author:Romero, PatriciaISNI
Periodical:Historia: amptelike orgaan
Geographic terms:South Africa
The Cape
Subjects:women's health
child health
medical history
Abstract:In 1685 King Louis XIV of France revoked the Edict of Nantes that protected the rights of those practising the French Reformed religion. Subsequently, many Huguenots migrated to Carolina (USA) and the Cape (South Africa). On arrival at their respective locales, the émigrés faced different disease and climatic environments, with each group finding little in the way of trained medical assistance to help them deal with such variables as epidemics, disease and childbirth. Based on diaries, travel accounts and secondary sources, the author outlines the health of French Huguenot women, and to a lesser account their children, in the diaspora in both Carolina and the Cape during the period 1685-1720. Notes, ref., sum. in English and Afrikaans. [ASC Leiden abstract]