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OOriginally known as the Cape of Storms, this tumultuous corner of Southern Africa has a history that will leave you feeling moved and enriched.
Communities of people lived in the Cape region long before the beginning of the Christian era, surviving by hunting, fishing and gathering edible plants and roots. They were the ancestors of the Khoisan people of the modern time. They were hunter-gatherers who lived in small, loosely knit groups, highly mobile on account of their dependence on game, therefore also widely dispersed.
Before the Dutch came to the Cape, the San conducted trade with their Bantu-speaking neighbours in cattle and, to a lesser extent, iron and copper. After the arrival of men from Europe, they traded their cattle for tobacco and began to act as brokers in developing trade between the Europeans and the Xhosa tribes to the east.