The Khoikhoi Population, 1652-1780: A Review of the Evidence and Two New Estimates
Sumner La Croix ()
No 201802, Working Papers from University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics
Fourie and Green construct estimates of the Khoikhoi population over the 1652-1780 period using benchmarks for the initial and terminal Khoi populations and benchmarks for the punctuated population declines from smallpox epidemics in 1713 and 1755. I review the evidence underlying each of the four population benchmarks and argue for a revised 1780 benchmark. Qualitative evidence also points to a higher rate of population decline between 1652 and 1723 and a smaller rate of decline between 1723 and 1780. Using the Fourie-Green methodology and adopting 3 of their 4 population benchmarks, I develop two revised estimates of the Khoi population to supplement the original Fourie and Green estimates.
Keywords: Khoi; Khoikhoi; San; Cape Colony; smallpox; population decline (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: N17 J10 J11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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