Cape Town’s History

Cape Town is not only the capital of South Africa, it is also the capital of the Western Cape Province. It has a memorable natural harbor. In South Africa, it has the second most people in the country.

This city is home to over 450.000 residents but the metropolitan area has more than 3.5 million 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.

Not only will you see some beautiful Scenery in Cape Town, but this is also home to some very unique plants. Then, get ready to taste the fine wines this area is famous for making, especially in the place called Stellenbosch. Now you will love to know that you can do so many things in this city, including sailing, surfing, and diving.

If you love the water you are in for a treat. Not only that, but you will be able to enjoy hang-gliding and parasailing and whale watching too as well as a variety of other great things. From August to November during the breeding season, the area has one of the world’s largest population of whales.

There are plenty of choices of Hotels in Cape Town and we are sure you will find one to your liking. In fact, we just know that you will love your visit to the city of Cape Town. After you are there for a while you might not ever want to leave. While you are in the area don’t forget to take the cable car ride up to the top of the Table Mountain so you can see the city from the highest point. There you will be able to admire the entire area. You will just love all there is to see.

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 labor 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 the 1870s and 1880s, the area became famous for 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. Read also about Africa’s History and Heritage.

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. Health is still a major concern in many African regions.

Only some of the areas are still segregated today, with conditions constantly changing and improving. However, in those certain areas, there is still a lot of suffering from the aids virus and other economic problems and, as you can imagine, the education crisis isn’t likely to change anytime soon as well.

Cape Town is also the capital of the Western Cape Province. It has a memorable natural harbor. 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. Cape Town, the Mother City of South Africa.