Plan of the Territories formerly known as Kaffraria Proper lying between the following boundaries,The Quatlamba Range on the North, the Sea Coast on the East, Natal on the North East and the Kei and the Indwe on (the) South West. –


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An exceptionally rare map showing British Kaffraria Proper (as opposed to British Kaffraria – the districts of King Williams Town and East London annexed to the Cape Colony in 1865). All the remaining Xhosa territory beyond the Kei River, south of the Drakensberg and as far as the Natal frontier remained independent for longer and was known as Kaffraria Proper. Dated August 1884 and signed in the lithograph by the Surveyor General of the Cape Colony, Abraham de Smit. Coloured lithograph laid down on linen. Printed by Saul Soloman. The Reference Key Indicates: Territories annexed to the Colony Territories under Imperial Rule Territories under Independant Chiefs Reserves, Native Locations, Commonages and land bought by the Colonial Government Land Surveyed for Farms Trading Stations indicated with the name of the trader in most cases Kraals with the name of the Chief Magistracies Outlying Mission Stations Outlying Schools and Churches Numerous topographical details The dissatisfaction of the Cape Colonial Government with the limited order possible in the semi-autonomous regions of the area east of the Kei led to abortive attempts for survey and subdivision in the area between 1878 and 1884. An attempt to re-engineer the existing communally managed areas into small freehold lots was made. However, things didn’t go the way the Cape Government intended and local people fended off pressure for survey and title. “Social engineering also spoke directly to the geographical science of the surveyor and the evolving ethnographic fixations of magistrates, who worked with missionaries and headmen alike to realise schemes for managing these areas’ administration in the name of progress and industry as well as economy. Mission stations, schools, and cultural practices in these new spaces, and played early roles in this spacial imposition. “(Colonial Survey and Native Landscapes in Rural South Africa, 1850-1913 by Lindsay Frederich Braun.) De Smidt’s map is a graphic record of the tapestry created by the colonial government in its attempt to create a manageable territory. Condition is good to very good. Some wear to the edges and general creasing. Wear to the outer wraps. 100 x 66cm.

Publisher: Saul Soloman
Date Published: 1884
Publication Place: Cape Town
First Edition: Yes

Condition: very good

Dimensions: 66 x 100cm

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Weight 1 g