Missionaries in Port Elizabeth

This picture was taken in 1890 and shows just how earnest and dedicated the missionaries were in attempting to Christianize the African societies that the British had come into contact with. In their own eyes, they were bringing civilisation in addition to Christianity but it was a civilisation that often undermined or subverted the existing African civilisations and societies. It should be noted how successful the missionaries were in the long run at converting people to Christianity.

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