Cold And Poverty And Storm Are The Nurses Of The
Qualities Which Make For Empire.
It is the men from the bleak and
barren lands who master the children of the light and the heat.
so the Dutchmen at the Cape prospered and grew stronger in that
robust climate. They did not penetrate far inland, for they were
few in number and all they wanted was to be found close at hand.
But they built themselves houses, and they supplied the Dutch East
India Company with food and water, gradually budding off little
townlets, Wynberg, Stellenbosch, and pushing their settlements up
the long slopes which lead to that great central plateau which
extends for fifteen hundred miles from the edge of the Karoo to the
Valley of the Zambesi. Then came the additional Huguenot
emigrants - the best blood of France three hundred of them, a
handful of the choicest seed thrown in to give a touch of grace and
soul to the solid Teutonic strain. Again and again in the course of
history, with the Normans, the Huguenots, the Emigres, one can see
the great hand dipping into that storehouse and sprinkling the
nations with the same splendid seed. France has not founded other
countries, like her great rival, but she has made every other
country the richer by the mixture with her choicest and best. The
Rouxs, Du Toits, Jouberts, Du Plessis, Villiers, and a score of
other French names are among the most familiar in South Africa.
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