The history of South Africa was, up to recent times, little known to the world at large. Discovered?from the European point of view?six years before America, its distance from Europe, and the superior attractions of other newly-found lands kept it in the background for several cen? turies. Not only was America extensively colonised before South Africa, but its lands wTere occupied at an earlier date by more enterprising people than those that migrated to the sub-continent, which was kept back for a century and a half owing to the stolid and unprogressive policy pursued by the Dutch East India Company, and, for at least fifty years longer by the almost equally thick-headed ideas of successive British Governments wdth respect to colonies and colonists.

It can thus be readily understood that South Africa, in its earlier modern career, did not offer such a field for the enterprise of four co? religionists

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