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Am I a Burgher
Posted by: Mrs Anne Winter (ID *****0230) Date: May 15, 2008 at 11:26:14
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Perhaps someone can tell me as I was descended from one Henricus Leembruggen, Dissave of Matara and Sec. to the Dutch Governor?The first folk termed Burghers were the Dutch who were not of the VOC. The farmers of the Transvaal were the Boers. Many of them were Huguenot Protestants and since where were few women amongst the 'trekkers' interbred with the Hottentots giving rise to the 'Cape Coloureds' Many believing themselves to be 'pure bred' had African blood due to this.Von Imhoffs 'Memorie' tells of the pusties,casties and Mestici and his descriptions were challenged by R.G Anthonisz the Govt. archivist.Apparently the Voc was only 25% Dutch and my German ancestor served them and the British after quite happily. His descendant was knighted by the latter and the Dutch seemed to thrive too. To call all the British and Dutch, racist, is a sweeping statement and very unfair to such as my own two grandfathers who lived happily with their native spouses. Both these colonial powers accepted marriages with the mixed race Portuguese mestizos as they were Christian.It was positively encouraged by the British in the late 1600'and 1700's to discourage encounters between Indian 'ladies of the night' and the British soldiery to prevent disease and unwanted pregnancies with all the sad consequences.Readers ought to read the 'White Mughals' and find that even the authoress, Virgina Woolf and the famous photographer, Margaret Cameron buried in Lanka both had an Indian ancestress.having travelled widely I know that racism lies in most countries a lot of it so that cultures and religions can be preserved. The Sinhalese were as racist as any. I know this from personal experience.I am very glad to be so 'international' it makes genealogy so fascinating to delve into the histories of so many countries as a result.Hurray for the Dutch Govt. who are financing the preservation of the buildings of the Galle Fort with so many happy memories for me and for the Brtish who did so much to preserve the ancient lot cities of Lanka.
Lets have a dispassionate look at History as 'The good that men do is oft interred with their bones'

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