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Still, the violence and exploitation standard of Dutch colonists was relatively modest in most places. They did not even impose the Dutch language in Indonesia and most other colonies - they would have rather learned the local languages. The Dutch cultural imperialism was minimal.

South Africa is apparently an exception. Even the Afrikaans version of the Dutch language developed - though I do not know how much coersion was involved. Still, plainly sadly, were there any colonies in Africa treated better? Arguably, Bostwana fared the best in Africa, largely due to colonial ignorance towards it.

by das monde on Thu May 10th, 2007 at 12:51:27 AM EST
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