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- DescriptionThe side of the sun at on is a quest, a journey of discovery. In the mid-17th century when the Dutch first settled at the Cape of Good Hope, built their fortress and began trading with the indigeus Khoikhoi, they were told of a mysterious people called the Chobona, who lived in stone houses deep in the interior of the country, were rich in gold and cattle and had long hair and pale skins. Believing them to be the people of Momotapa, the legendary southern African empire from whom the Portuguese obtained their gold, the Dutch made every effort to reach them. Volunteers were selected, plans drawn up, maps supplied and expedition after expedition dispatched. None succeeded in finding the elusive Chobona. In the centuries to come historians would dismiss the Chobona as fantasy, blaming the stories on what they believed to be the over-active imagination of Eva, a young Khoikhoi girl who was the Dutchmen's main interpreter. Yet the rumours never ceased. And, as our kwledge of the past has grown, so too has the possibility that the rumours were real. The side of the sun at on explores the truth behind the rumours, following in the footsteps of the early explorers in what is an invative and engaging interweaving of a rich array of sources, from ancient Arab writings and indigeus oral traditions, to contemporary historical documents and modern archaeological discovery. This book makes you challenge the accepted tions of our history making you look, and look again.
- Author BiographyHazel Crampton is the author of The Sunburnt Queen (Jacana, 2004). The Side of the Sun at Noon is her second book. Hazel is an artist and she lives in Cape Town.
- Author(s)Hazel Crampton
- PublisherJacana Media (Pty) Ltd
- Date of Publication01/05/2014
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationJohannesburg
- Country of PublicationSouth Africa
- ImprintJacana Media
- Weight660 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine38 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (UK)
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