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Southern Africa

Although Roman Catholic missionaries entered Mozambique and E Rhodesia in the sixteenth century, the Dutch settlement at the Cape was more significant for the development of Christianity in [[Southern Africa]]. For over a century only the [[Dutch Reformed Church]] was permitted, and it remains the spiritual home of most Afrikaners. The evangelization of the indigenous Hottentots and imported slaves received little attention until the late eighteenth century when Dii. van Lier and Vos awakened missionary interest among the Dutch colonists. This led eventually to a strong Dutch Reformed Mission Church among the Cape Colored people. After 1857, missions to Africans were also undertaken.