— In my Series “South Africa: Who stole the Land?” the first question is “Where were the Black people when the Dutch settled at the Cape of Good Hope in 1652?” The answer to that question may be found in the FIRST CHAPTER of the Series, where we show that, as the Dutch prepared to found the Settlement at the Cape of Good Hope, the nearest Black Ba’Ntu setllements were still established near the Mzimkulu River. This river is indicated on the map below (Click to enlarge)
That leads to the question, “So where then were the Black people when the Portuguese first got to Southern Africa around 1500?” The answer to that question may also be found in the FIRST CHAPTER of the Series. They were to the north of the Mtamvuna River (below- click to enlarge), which is the southern boundary of Natal. It is north of the Mzimvubu River. They were certainly in what is now Mozambique. We do not know whether they were in the Natal of today. It is possible, but not certain.
So, when the Dutch prepared to settle the Cape, the Black coastal people (with whom they would in future have no fewer than nine wars) were some 1100 km or 700 miles from Cape Town as the crow flies. By road it is 1500km or 830 miles. That is pretty much the distance the crow would have to fly from New York to Savannah, Georgia, and about the same distance by road. I trust that calibrates Americans. For Europeans, it is the distance from Paris to Belarus! One could fit many centuries of European history into a circle of that radius.
So, lose the thought that there were Black people on the beach to welcome the Dutch. Please realize folks who suggest such things are willfully lying or are lying from ignorance. And their lying is now leading to people being killed.
The readers of this post are watching the destruction of the outer wall of Western Civilization in South Africa, and they either want to resist that, or they are part of the destruction. Folks can no longer wash their hands of the situation. Pontius Pilate tried to do that, and look what history did to him.
For the painful and frightening background to this, see “South Africa: Who stole the land?“