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September 13, 1930

CAPE TOWN

JAMA. 1930;95(11):809-811. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720110045021

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Abstract

Anthropologic Investigation in the Union  The Union of South Africa presents many interesting points for the scientific anthropologist, the genetist and the humanologist. Not the least interesting is the determination of the racial and ethnic affinities of the white population. South Africa's white population is supposed to consist of Dutch and English; as a matter of fact the Dutch element in the Dutch speaking section of the community is small. What passes for such is the large section made up of the descendants of Hanoverians, Frisians, Saxons, French, Walloons and north Germans. Even these have mingled with Scottish, English and Welsh settlers, and by intermarriage a mixed stock has been produced which has characters of its own. Afrikaans, the language spoken by this section, is a sister dialect of modern Dutch; it springs from the same trunk but developed along independent lines and today presents many interesting differences from modern

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