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Apartheid-The segregation of people by skin color Cry freedom cry From deep inside where we are all confined These words by singersongwriter Dave Matthews establishes the fact that apartheid separation of the races was in fact a very real thing in South Africa The natives of South Africa experienced discrimination throughout the South African history The roots of prejudice lie within the European colonization Back in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries when the first Dutch settlers started to arrive in South Africa the downfall of the black peoples society started In 1652 one of the largest trading monopolies in the world then the Dutch East India Company sent Jan Van Riebeeck and a handful of its company employees the Cape of Good Hope located at the tip of South Africa The companys original plan was to set up a refreshment station for the trading ships going to and from the Dutch colonies in Asia But that ended up not being what eventually happened after all A few years after the employees arrival the company allowed some of the employees to live there as free burghers In return they had to sell their produce to the company Each employee got about twenty acres of land each There was only one problem the San and Khoikhoi tribes that had been there for hundreds of years already occupied the land that the company gave the employees The only way for the white settlers to take over the land was through the conquest and defeat of the Khoikhoi and the San This resulted in the first of the colonial wars After the defeat of the Khoikhoi tribe the white settlers turned to run out the San tribe The San were overwhelmed by the European firepower and lost the battle for their land The San were eventually wiped out After the white settlers took over the Khoikhoi and the San land they had one of the main
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