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The Cape of Good Hope.

Sailing ships in storm. South Africa, Cape of Good Hope. 19th century history.

Loss of the Sceptre.

The Cape of Good Hope and surrounding countries. 19th century.

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The beginning of modern historiography in South Africa is set to 6 April 1652, when the Dutchman Jan van Riebeeck on behalf of the Dutch East India Company (Dutch Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie, VOC) established a supply station at the Cape of Good Hope. The Cape Dutch brought many slaves from Indonesia, Madagascar and India into the country. Beginning of the year 1743 the number of slaves in the province was significantly higher than that of European settlers.

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South African medicine man costume.

South African medicine man costume. Traditional Africa clothing

Medicine man from South Africa

South African medicine man costume.

From the book: Living Races of Mankind. A popular illustrated account of the customs, habits, pursuits, feasts, and ceremonies of the races of mankind throughout the world by Henry Neville Hutchinson (1856-1927), John Walter Gregory and Richard Lydekke. Published by Hutchinson & Co. Paternoster Row, London 1902.

Woman of the African tribe of Wodaabe Bororo, 1930s.

African hair styles. African tribe of Wodaabe Bororo

Wodaabe Bororo woman, Banyo, French Cameroons, Mandated Territory.

Wodaabe Bororo woman, Banyo, French Cameroons, Mandated Territory.

The Wodaabe Bororo belong to the ethnic group of the Fulani. They are one of the last tribes of Africa, who have kept as cattle herders in the Sahel her fully nomadic existence. Mostly the Wodaabe live today in Niger

Gallery: The dark continent; Africa, the landscape and the people by Hugo Adolf Bernatzik

Chief in ceremonial dress, Gold Coast, Ghana.

African Chief in ceremonial dress, Gold Coast.

Chief in ceremonial dress, Gold Coast, Ghana.

Chief in ceremonial dress, Gold Coast, Ghana 1930s.

The British colony Gold Coast (“Gold Coast Colony”) in West Africa existed from 1878 to 1958 and was part of British West Africa. In 1957 they gained independence with the British Protectorate British Togoland (formerly part of Togoland) as the Republic of Ghana.

Gallery: The dark continent; Africa, the landscape and the people by Hugo Adolf Bernatzik