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The Dutch were the original importers of slaves to South Africa.  I think it was fairly clear in context.
by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Thu May 10th, 2007 at 07:34:04 AM EST
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It should have been, but I was confused as well.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu May 10th, 2007 at 07:45:50 AM EST
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Sorry for any confusion, I was certainly not trying to imply that the Dutch invented the practice.  

I think many people are unaware that there were slaves (mostly Asian) imported to South Africa.

The Dutch slave trade, incidentally, was quite robust and not limited to the Cape Colony.

by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Thu May 10th, 2007 at 08:16:04 AM EST
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I was about to make the point that dominantly Asian slaves were put to work in the Cape colony. If these figures are correct (quick Google search), they constituted more than 70%.
by Nomad on Thu May 10th, 2007 at 09:00:03 AM EST
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