18th Century Traders, Botanists, Explorers and Travellers

Van der Stel’s expedition had generally laid to rest tales of great cities and civilisations in the northern interior, and this halted exploratory efforts for a while, but  as described by Valentyn in his ‘Beschryving…‘, as early as 1705,...

17th Century European Explorers of Namaqualand

Shortly after his arrival at the Cape with the purpose of establishing a refreshment station for the VOC, the new commander, Jan van Riebeeck took into his house one Khoi girl, Krotoa. She was the daughter of one of the locals, Autshumao or Harry, who had previous...