1649: Talk of occupying Table Valley

The Portuguese, who were the first Europeans to visit the shores of South Africa, did not attempt either to form a settlement or to carry on commerce below Delagoa Bay, and a century and a half after their occupation of Sofala had never penetrated beyond the coast belt of any part of the later Cape Colony west of the Umzimvubu river. They were mere traders, and the Hottentots not only had nothing which the Portuguese wanted to purchase, but were regarded by them as the most ferocious of savages, with whom communcation should be avoided. The Dutch, who wrested from them the traffic of the East, for a long time had no thought of colonisation either, but from the entrance of these people in the Indian seas the south-western part of the African continent acquired an importance it never had before. SEE MORE...


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