Nigel Penn

Nigel Penn is a senior lecturer in the history department at the University of Cape Town. He is the author of Rogues, Rebels and Runaways: Eighteenth-Century Cape Characters.

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A 2007 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

The Forgotten Frontier · Colonist and Khoisan on the Cape's Northern Frontier in the 18th Century
By Nigel Penn

Traditionally, the Eastern Cape frontier of South Africa has been regarded as the preeminent contact zone between colonists and the Khoi—“Hottentots”—and San—“Bushmen.” But there was an earlier frontier in which the conflict between Dutch colonists and these indigenous herders and hunters was in many ways more decisive in its outcome, more brutal and violent in its manner, and just as significant in its effects on later South African history.

“With this book Nigel Penn has made a significant contribution to South African historiography and filled a glaring lacuna in Cape colonial history.... It must be on the shelf of any South African historian and of libraries with an Africana collection.”

International Journal of African Historical Studies