Jan van Riebeeck became the First Dutch Commander of the "Cape" (1652-1662). He was charged, among other duties, with building a Fort initially named "Fort de Goede Hoop" (Fort of Good Hope), from the Portuguese name of the Cape, "Cabo da Boa Esperanca", name that had been given by the Portuguese Navigator, Bartolomeu Dias, who had found the Southeastern Passage to the Indian Ocean back in 1488.

Jan van Riebeeck became the First Dutch Commander of the "Cape" (1652-1662). He was charged, among other duties, with building a Fort initially named "Fort de Goede Hoop" (Fort of Good Hope), from the Portuguese name of the Cape, "Cabo da Boa Esperanca", name that had been given by the Portuguese Navigator, Bartolomeu Dias, who had found the Southeastern Passage to the Indian Ocean back in 1488.

Cape Dutch architecture is a traditional Afrikaner architectural style found mostly in the Western Cape of South Africa. The style was prominent in the early days (17th century) of the Cape Colony, and the name derives from the fact that the initial settlers of the Cape were primarily Dutch.

Cape Dutch architecture is a traditional Afrikaner architectural style found mostly in the Western Cape of South Africa. The style was prominent in the early days (17th century) of the Cape Colony, and the name derives from the fact that the initial settlers of the Cape were primarily Dutch.

Aernout Smit. Table Bay, 1683. Dutch ships set sail from Table Bay. Cape Town.

Aernout Smit. Table Bay, 1683. Dutch ships set sail from Table Bay. Cape Town.

Map of the Great Trek (South Africa) during the 1830s and 1840s by Boers (Dutch/Afrikaans for "farmers").

Map of the Great Trek (South Africa) during the 1830s and 1840s by Boers (Dutch/Afrikaans for "farmers").

Willem Adriaen van der Stel (1664-1733), son of govenor Simon van der Stel

Willem Adriaen van der Stel (1664-1733), son of govenor Simon van der Stel

Abraham van Riebeeck, son of the founder of the Dutch Cape Kolony Jan van Riebeeck. Abraham himself became govenor of the Dutch Indies (Nederland-Indië)

Abraham van Riebeeck, son of the founder of the Dutch Cape Kolony Jan van Riebeeck. Abraham himself became govenor of the Dutch Indies (Nederland-Indië)

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