Category: The Dutch Cape Colony 1652-1806

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The Dutch Cape Colony 1652-1806

This project serves as a forum for researchers and descendants of people who lived in the Dutch Cape Colony (not to be confused with Cape Colony) during and after it was first settled under governorship of Jan van Riebeeck in 1652, until the British invasion in 1806. Many of the inhabitants were in service of the Dutch East India Company, and when out of service stayed on to settle the land and serve the Company by supplying goods and provisions (the Cape of Good Hope was halfway in between the far-east and Europe). Many European settlers came fleeing religious persecution or dire living conditions and hardship, and used the Company as passengers, some even working for their fare. Many of the colony's inhabitants were brought as slaves from the Far East and other colonies (including Africa), or were born in bondage and served the Company directly or indirectly by providing manual labour. Other inhabitants were already indigenous to the land before the first Europeans set foot. One thing everyone had in common - they were governed by the despotic and immensely powerful Dutch East India Company. The Dutch Cape Colony was divided into four districts at different stages of the growth of the colony [for historical accuracy to be augmented at a later date]: Category: Cape District / Category: Stellenbosch and Drakenstein District / Category: Swellendam District / Category: Graaff Reinet District

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Please contact the research coordinator Susanna de Bruyn if you have questions, information or advice, or post to the G2G including the tag dutch_cape_colony in your post.

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