hut tax, noun phrase

Origin:
So named because the tax was originally levied per hut (or group of huts) owned by the head of a family.
historical
A tax instituted during the 19th century and imposed on black people by various southern African governments and authorities.
1851 R. Gray Jrnls of Two Visitations II. 76I propose..that the Government should help forward the work, out of the fund collected through the hut-tax.
1989 Reader’s Digest Illust. Hist. of S. Afr. 230Only in 1870 did the volksraad (parliament) decide that all Africans must pay a hut tax..2s 6d for those living on a white-owned farm and providing labour for the Boer household; 5 shillings for those not living on the farm but providing labour; and 10 shillings for those not providing labour at all.
A tax instituted during the 19th century and imposed on black people by various southern African governments and authorities.

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