Abolition of Slaver in the Cape

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The abolition of slave trade was passed by the British Parliament on 24 August 1833. This affected South Africa , which was a British colony at the time, as many colonists at the Cape had lots of capital invested in their slaves. Colonists were particularly annoyed because payment of the slaves was to be collected personally in England, and in many cases the cost of the trip would be more than the money received. (www.sahistory.org.za) In order to answer this key question, information relating the following questions has been researched: What were the implications of the Abolition? Was the affect positive or negative from the traders and slave point of view? What impact did the end of the external slave trade have on the cape slaves and…show more content…
He argues that the cape slavery ‘depended principally on whips and chains’. He also argues that laws limited punishment of slaves by their masters to the same type of punishment a husband and father could apply to his wife and children obviously excluding the whip and any other harmful weapons and that violent punishment was not restricted to the slaves. However it was completely legal to whip a slave. Therefore with the abolition of slaves there was a sense of fear to leave. Shell says that there is a clear effect of slavery on the twentieth century and probably for many more years to come, he says it was a dominating part of history that changed the lives of many people which changed the country. He states ‘slavery, not the frontier and certainly not the process of industrialization shaped South Africa’. ‘The Very era that ended bonded labour and, in 1853, established a non-racial franchise, also saw the emergence of new forms of unfree labour and, perhaps most tragically, the emergence of modern racist ideologies in South Africa’. Slavery had a general influential effect on shaping the ‘master class’s’ attitudes and labourers. In the Western Cape it also moulded the consciousness of pose-slave labour. Those who say the present-day coloured vote for the National party is a consequence of ‘slave mentality’. Whether the institutional effect of
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