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Shorto believes one of the biggest gifts the Dutch gave to the United States was the notion of tolerance
part of the Dutch legacy that became encapsulated in the notion that all humans are created equal and that all people should be free.

Interesting to read that, especially given that the Dutch colonial legacy in southern Africa was exactly the opposite.

While the British in Cape Colony certainly win no prizes for their humaneness (for example, they created the world's first concentration camps), the Dutch settlers were the original importers of slaves, and their descendants (the Afrikaaners) were the ones who codified the policies of apartheid 300 years later.

by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Wed May 9th, 2007 at 11:55:04 AM EST

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