The evolution of the Indian question in Natal, 1860 – 1897

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Seminar Date
November 16, 2011
More than two decades elapsed before white colonists in Natal began to question the consequences of Indian immigration. And even then colonial reaction and attitude to the growing Indian presence was not uniform. Occupational differences and the existence of three distinct regions within Natal – coastal, midlands and northern – tended to blur if not retard the coalescing of opinion on the subject. The fact that it ceased to be a polemical issue by the 1890s was a development which was neither sudden nor predictable but rather an evolutionary response to the pervasion of the Indian population around the Colony.
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