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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.


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.