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Unformatted text preview: This way of life brought them immediately into conflict with the native tribes in the area, the Hottentots, who resented their cattle-grazing lands being taken over by the foreigners. The East India Company attempted to keep the conflict to a minimum and put tight restrictions on the amount of land the settlers could use and on the crops they could grow. All the food grown by the settlers had to be sold to the Company at low prices set by the Company. The settlers of the seventeenth century reacted in several ways: they engaged heavily in smuggling and illegal trade with the sailors of non-company ships, and they organized themselves into their own variation of the sheriff's posse of the American West, called commandos. These commandos could be called together almost at a moment's notice to attack any native who might raid settlers' farms for...
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- Fall '09