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Thomas Pringle's Plantation

Damian Shaw

Environment and History 5(1999): 309-323

Thomas Pringle (1789-1834) was perhaps the most famous of the British settlers who landed at the Cape in 1820. He exerted an enormous influence on subsequent poetic and literary representations of Southern Africa. In this article, I investigate how Pringle's early experience as a settler moulded his attitude to the Cape landscape, and how he represented this in his early poetry. In this early poetry we see the germ of various attitudes towards the environment which are expressed later in the works of John Croumbie Brown.

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