Willem Adriaan Van der Stel

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Biographical information

First name: 
Willem Adriaan
Last name: 
Van der Stel
Date of birth: 
Date of death: 

All the farmers at the Cape were obliged to sell their fresh produce to the VOC, who would provide passing trade ships with enough fresh food stores to travel between Europe and the East. The fact that Van der Stel owned an enormous property, which he cultivated using the VOC\'s resources, gave him an unfair advantage over other farmers in the area. This situation led to conflict between Van der Stel and the other Dutch farmers, or free burghers.

• Joyce, P. (1999). A Concise Dictionary of South African Biography, Cape Town: Francolin.
• http://members.tripod.com/~Louis_Engelbrecht/wastel.html

Last updated : 17-Feb-2011

This article was produced for South African History Online on 17-Feb-2011