from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Formerly (before 1910) Cape ColonyCape Province A former province of southern South Africa on the Atlantic and Indian oceans. Originally inhabited by Bantu, San, and Khoikhoin people, the area was settled by the Dutch in 1652 and ceded to Great Britain in 1814. In 1910 it became part of the newly formed Union of South Africa, later (1961) the Republic of South Africa. It was split up into three new provinces, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, and Western Cape, in 1994.


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