6 comments on “Vergelegen

  1. Like the photographs of the old trees; the camphor trees in particular. Struck by your saying the estate is over 300 years old; I had not realised that the Dutch had started colonising the Cape that early.

    • Yes, Jan van Riebeeck arrived there in April 1652 to found the refreshment station the “Here XVII” (the seventeen gentlemen in charge of the Dutch East India Company) ordered him to set up. They had been aware of what the Cape was like for some time, as a number of Dutch sailors had been shipwrecked there and had reported on the favourable conditions upon their rescue. My Huguenot ancestors arrived at the Cape in 1688 and settled in the area now known as Franschhoek (French Corner). The present Castle in Cape Town was completed by 1679, and is the oldest existant building in South Africa.

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