• Grade: 7
  • 3 hours

This lesson takes place at Groot Constantia, a Provincial Heritage Site. It covers the history of the farm, but with emphasis on its slaves. We begin with the coming of the Dutch East India Company (DEIC), and the need for labour. We revise what slavery is and what it is not, and discuss why a farm like Constantia needed slaves. Through examining primary sources of evidence, the learners get to know who some of the specific slaves at Groot Constantia were; where they came from; and what work they did on the farm. Included is a walk around the Estate and we look at where the slaves would have performed their daily labour; this incorporates a visit to the Homestead. Lastly, we look at the contribution of the slaves to Cape society, and end with a quotation from the UN Freedom Charter and the SA Constitution.

Cost: R 25 per learner.

Curriculum Links:
Gr 7
SS History
Life Orientation
Human rights

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