By Joan G. Fairweather

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ISBN-13: 9781435600232

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They lived mainly along the Orange River and on the coastal belt stretching from present-day Namibia to the Transkei. The Khoikhoi (named Hottentots by the settlers in imitation of their speech) had a more elaborate social organization than the San and were distributed in large patrilineal tribes of up to twenty-five thousand members. Khoikhoi herders were probably the first indigenous group to greet the European ships on their way to India. According to the journals of European explorers who stopped for fresh provisions on the southwestern shores of Africa, the local people seemed eager to trade with them.

This may have been the route they took. However, as Olive Dickason observes, there is no reason to conclude that because the land bridge offered a convenient passage for herders and large animals alike, that this was the only route available or used. The sea offered many options for travel as well. ¹⁴ Recent research suggests that the Indians arrived in North America by more than one route and describes complex patterns of transoceanic migration in the North Pacific. The first North Americans spread out and established themselves in widely diverse communities across what is now the United States and Canada.

Thus, the Indians were able to keep partial control over their lands; but the capitulation to the British and alienation of large swaths of their land was a serious blow to Indian independence. An important outcome of the Pontiac war was the Royal Proclamation of 763, which set a boundary line between white and native America along the Appalachian chain. The Proclamation, signed by King George III, has been hailed as a “Magna Carta” for North American Indians. ³⁸ The Land and the People ◉ c hapte r on e 35 While the British were motivated at least in part by genuine fear of reprisals from the powerful Indian nations that surrounded them, the Royal Proclamation clearly recognized the inherent rights of aboriginal peoples to their ancestral territories.

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