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Title:Savage-born but new-created: Jan Tzatzoe, Xhosa chief and missionary in Britain, 1836-1838
Author:Levine, Roger S.ISNI
Periodical:Kronos: Journal of Cape History
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:traditional rulers
culture contact
colonial period
About person:Jan Tzatzoe (c. 1792-1868)ISNI
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/41056584
Abstract:Using a 'new narrative history' approach, the author examines the life of Jan Tzatzoe (c. 1790-1868) - an African Xhosa chief who lived and worked on the eastern frontier of South Africa's Cape Colony in the early to mid-19th century - on the African, colonial and metropolitan stage. Tzatzoe flourished in both the European colonial world of the missionary, Reverend Read, who raised him, and the African world of his father, Kote Tzatzoe, to whose people he eventually returned. He made crucial contributions to both worlds as an evangelist, translator, intellectual, missionary, frontier diplomat, politician, international traveller, humanitarian fundraiser, and chief. He also witnessed, and participated in, the creation of a new South Africa, one in which the African and European worlds met to create a hybrid colonial reality. The author pays particular attention to Tzatzoe's 'missionary' journey - accompanying a London Missionary Society delegation - to and through Great Britain, in the years 1836-1838, extensively quoting from his and other speeches. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]