chapter  5
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To South Africa with Henty

The stereotypical images associated with African and non-British people, perpetuated by travel writers, anthropologists, and historians, and self-serving Victorian theories of race, found their way into Henty’s three South African novels: The Young Colonists (1885), With Buller in Natal (1901), and With Roberts to Pretoria (1902). In order to understand the tensions that gave rise to the depicted wars in these narratives, and to put the novels into a historical perspective, we need to survey the turbulent colonial history of South Africa from the early Dutch settlements through the nineteenth century.