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CAPE TOWN HISTORY SOUTH AFRICA - CAPETOWN HISTORY

In 1652 the Dutch East India Company set up a supply depot.

During this time there was a shortage of women. The area was imported with slaves from India, Ceylon and Indonesia. Some also from Madagascar and Mayala and labour and sex is what the female slaves were used for.

For over 150 years the area thrived as was used by every sailor and it became known as the “Tavern of the Seas.”

By the end of the 18th century British were in charge and the slaves were given freedom by 1833.

In 1870s and 1880s the are had diamonds and gold and that became their claim to fame. Soon the area was booming and one major contributor was Cecil John Rhodes who made millions as the corporate head of the De Beers Consolidated Mines.

In 1901 was the beginning of racial segregation with the onset of Bubonic plague. By 1948 this was starting to change.

In May and June 1986 an estimated 70,000 people were killed after being driven from their homes.

Only some of the areas are still segregated today, with conditions constantly changing and improving. However, in those certain areas there is a lot of suffering with the aids virus and other economical problems.

Cape Town is also the capital of the Western Cape Province. It has a memorable natural harbour. In South Africa it has the second most people in the country. This city is home to over 2,893,251 people that are proud to live in the wonderful area. Another interesting fact about the city of Cape Town is that it receives the largest number of tourists in the country. Tourism is a big industry in this town and you will see that by the way you are treated. Expect the best, because that is what you will get.

 

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