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Slavery in South Africa

Many South Africans are the descendents of slaves brought to the Cape Colony from 1653 until 1822. Follow the main events in this period of South Africa's history.

Slave Laws in South Africa
It is a popular misconception that slavery in South Africa was mild compared to America and the European colonies in the Far East. This is not so, and punishments meted out could be very harsh.

Timeline: Slavery in the Cape Colony
Many South Africans are the descendents of slaves brought to the Cape Colony from 1653 until 1822. Follow the main events in this period of South Africa's history in this timeline.

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