Brand's City: Dutch Space and Identity in Cape Town, 1830-1850.

Timothy Martin Blum


This article explores the relationship between Cape Dutch Culture and the city of Cape Town in the context of the great 'Anglicanisation.' Contrary to what may have been thought, Cape Town did host a distinct urban intellectual culture that was as much a response to the liberalism of John Fairbairn as it was a movement. Bitter and almost always polemical, Christoffel Brand and his associates sought to offer an alternative to the Humanitarianism of the South African Commercial Advertiser. Particular attention will be paid to the bilingual newspaper De Zuid Afrikaan which was often used as a vehicle to challenge the liberal hegemony. This paper argues that while the Cape intellectuals borrowed heavily from British culture, ultimately more research needs to be done on this intellectual movement.


race, the press, conservatism, Cape Town, slavery

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