6th April – Cape of Good Hope Established Today 1652 – First Vineyards Planted

On 6 April 1652 the Cape of Good Hope was established By Jan Van Riebeeck - First commander at the Cape. When Bartolomeu Dias and other Portuguese explorers first encountered the Cape of Good Hope in the 15th century, they found little motivation to colonize the sparse and empty land around the … [Read more...]