Watermeyer, a Cape colonist of Dutch descent residing in Cape Town.
No modern writer approaches Watermeyer either in the completeness of his facts or the severity of his indictment.
Referring to the policy of the company, Watermeyer says: - The Dutch colonial system as exemplified at the Cape of Good Hope, or rather the system of the Dutch East India Company (for the nation should not wholly suffer under the condemnation j ustly incurred by a trading association that sought only pecuniary profit), was almost without one redeeming feature, and was a dishonour to the Netherlands' national name.
This right to enforce into servitude those who might incur the displeasure of the governor or other high officers was not only exercised with reference to the individuals themselves who had received this conditional freedom; it was, adds Watermeyer, claimed by the government to be applicable likewise to the children of all such.
Watermeyer recapitulates its effects as follows: The effects of this pseudo-colonization were that the Dutch, as a commercial nation, destroyed commerce.
If Watermeyer's formula, " In all things political, purely despotic; in all things commercial, purely monopolist," was true of the government of the Dutch East India Company in the 18th century, it was equally true of Kruger's government in the latter part of the 19th.
Watermeyer, Three Lectures on the Cape of Good Hope under the Government of the Dutch East India Co.
(Cape Town, 1857); Selections from the Writings of Watermeyer (Cape Town, 1877); H.
Watermeyer, Three Lectures on the Cape.
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