Jacob Abraham Uitenhage de Mist

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DE MIST, Jacob Abraham Uitenhage (1749-1823): An advocate who became Commissioner-General of the Cape between March 1802 and January 1806, under Dutch rule, also known as the Batavian Republic. He and J.W. Janssens (1762-1838), the Governor, introduced many reforms based on the principles of the French revolution and did much to Organise and promote learning and culture in the colony. For example he introduced the arts and sciences society Tot Nut van't Algemeen to the Cape, claiming it was "the first proof shown to afford life and growth to the arts and sciences in the country". (See De Beer, 1995, Bosman, 1928; Fletcher, 1994)

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