In addition to her native tongue, she spoke fluent Dutch, passable English, and a smattering of French. There is no historical documentation of her indigenous Khoisan name. Encoded in her first name were the tensions of affection and exploitation. Georges Cuvier , founder and professor of comparative anatomy at the Museum of Natural History , examined Baartman as he searched for proof of a so-called missing link between animals and human beings. The gaze has been and is a site of resistance for colonized black people globally. Hendrik Cesars protested that Baartman was entitled to earn her living, stating: "has she not as good a right to exhibit herself as an Irish Giant or a Dwarf? She lived in Cape Town for at least two years working in households as a washerwoman and a nursemaid, first for Peter Cesars, then in the house of a Dutch man in Cape Town.
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