- Jun 25, 2010
Dear my broadband writer.
Jan van Riebeeck wasnt a colonialist. He was a medical doctor that came here to start a half-way station (non permanent) to prevent the deaths of thousands of sailors travel between Europe and Asia (Suez Canal didnt exist)
Please get your facts right.
This is why poor JvR is hated so much. People that dont actually understand history and then make it up how they perceived it to be.
in 1645, he began to advocate a refreshment station in the Cape of Good Hope after staying 18 days there during his return voyage. Two years later, support increased after a marooned VOC ship was able to survive in a temporary fortress. The Heeren XVII requested a report from Leendert Jansz and Mathys Proot, which recommended a Dutch presence.
In 1643, Riebeeck travelled with Jan van Elseracq to the VOC outpost at Dejima in Japan. Seven years later in 1650, he proposed selling hides of South African wild animals to Japan.
He volunteered to undertake the command of the initial Dutch settlement in the future South Africa and departed from Texel on 24 December 1651. He landed three ships (The Drommedaris and Goede Hoope) at the future Cape Town site on 6 April 1652 and the Reijger on 7 April 1652. He was accompanied by 82 men and 8 women and then commenced to fortify it as a way station for the VOC trade route between the Netherlands and the East Indies. The primary purpose of this way station was to provide fresh provisions for the VOC fleets sailing between the Dutch Republic and Batavia, as deaths en route were very high. The Walvisch and the Oliphant arrived on 7 May 1652, having had 130 burials at sea.["
Actually, it is Bloomberg writers, and they are relaying what the Goringhaicona Khoena Council is conveying.