oa South African Journal of Cultural History - Vryknegte in die Kaapse boubedryf
In this article the experience of the free knechts (free servants) in the building trades is traced in the period between the granting of free burgher status in 1657 and the investigation by De Chavonnes and others in 1717. Published Resolutions of the Political Council, day journals, edited letters sent and received, other records but also later commentaries were used to determine how successful the industry and these knechts were. The records do not reflect much of the activities of the freemen or free servants other than when they were in conflict with the Company or the interests of the Lords XVII, yet it was still possible to distil the role they played from these.
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