Just Add Dust: Overland from Cape to Cairo by Justin Fox , Mike Copeland, Cameron Ewart-Smith ,
This collection of portraits of women at the Cape brings to life some extraordinary personalities from the early day of the settlement. Cape Town was a wild frontier town, attracting the most desperate, hopeful and intrepid adventurers from the old world u who both clashed and mingled with the local people. Women had to have extraordinary strength of character to survive at the Cape, facing war, wild animals, slavery, and the stern laws and punishments of the powerful VOC. But women also found opportunity at the Cape: vastly outnumbered by men, they were in great demand u many went through several husbands, as their menfolk succumbed to lion attacks, Khoekhoe assegais or ill health.
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