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Both very good points. The thing with these colonial powers, they were in so many different places at once, it is hard to keep track of all of them in one post. True about South Africa, and I should add, generalizations only go so far. I don't think the author, and certainly not myself, was making the claim that Dutch people, or Dutch governments, are somehow more prone to tolerance; it was that moment in time when the Dutch provinces were fighting for their independence from Spain. I don't know what the situation was like in Dutch colonies in Africa at that point. Neither New Netherlands in North America nor Taiwan remained as Dutch colonies after the 17th century.
by Panhu from Wuling on Wed May 9th, 2007 at 07:40:13 PM EST

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