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Cape Town

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Cape Town (Afrikaans: Kaapstad [ˈkɑːpstɐt]; Xhosa: Ikapa) is a coastal city in South Africa. It is the second most populous urban area in South Africa, after Johannesburg. It is also the provincial capital and primate city of the Western Cape. As the seat of the National Parliament it is also the legislative capital of the country. It forms part of the City of Cape Town metropolitan municipality. The city is famous for its harbour, for its natural setting in the Cape Floristic Region, as well as for such well-known landmarks as Table Mountain and Cape Point. As of 2014, it is the 10th most populous city in Africa and home to 64% of the Western Cape's population. It is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, reflecting its role as a major destination for immigrants and expatriates to South Africa. The city was named the World Design Capital for 2014 by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design. In 2014, Cape Town was named the best place in the world to visit by both the American New York Times and the British Daily Telegraph. Located on the shore of Table Bay, Cape Town was first developed by the Dutch East India Company as a victualling (supply) station for Dutch ships sailing to East Africa, India, and the Far East. Jan van Riebeeck's arrival on 6 April 1652 established the first permanent European settlement in South Africa. Cape Town quickly outgrew its original purpose as the first European outpost at the Castle of Good Hope, becoming the economic and cultural hub of the Cape Colony. Until the Witwatersrand Gold Rush and the development of Johannesburg, Cape Town was the largest city in South Africa.
History
The earliest known remnants in the region were found at Peers Cave in Fish Hoek and date to between 15,000 and 12,000 years ago. Little is known of the history of the region's first residents, since there is no written history from the area before it was first mentioned by Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias in 1486. Vasco da Gama recorded a sighting of the Cape of Good Hope in 1497. In the late 16th century, Portuguese, French, Danish, Dutch and English ships regularly stopped over in Table Bay en route to the Indies. They traded tobacco, copper and iron with the Khoikhoi in exchange for fresh meat. In 1652, Jan van Riebeeck and other employees of the Dutch East India Company (Dutch: Verenigde Oost-indische Compagnie, VOC) were sent to the Cape to establish a way-station for ships travelling to the Dutch East Indies, and the Fort de Goede Hoop (later replaced by the Castle of Good Hope). The settlement grew slowly during this period, as it was hard to find adequate labour. This labour shortage prompted the authorities to import slaves from Indonesia and Madagascar. Many of these became ancestors of the first Cape Coloured communities. Under Van Riebeeck and his successors as VOC commanders and later governors at the Cape, an impressive range of useful plants were introduced to the Cape – in the process...   ... (English)
Kapstadt - Deutsch -> English  
Kaapstad - Nederlandse -> English  
Кейптаун - Русский -> English  Український -> English  
Le Cap - Français -> English  
Kapsztad - Polska -> English  
Città del Capo - Italiano -> English  
Ciudad del Cabo - Español -> English  
ケープタウン - 日本語 -> English  
Ciutat del Cap - Català -> English  
Kapské Město - České -> English  
Кејптаун - Српска -> English  
Cidade do Cabo - Português -> English  
Keiptaunas - Lietuvos -> English  
Cape Town - Norske -> English  
Kapstaden - Svenska -> English  Danske -> English  
Fokváros - Magyar -> English  
Kapkaupunki - Suomalainen -> English  
開普敦 - 简体中文 -> English  
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Cape Town, City Hall
Cape Town, City Hall
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Golden Acre / Cape Sun
Golden Acre / Cape Sun
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The Castle of Good Hope
The Castle of Good Hope
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Cape Town (from Table Mountain)
Cape Town (from Table Mountain)
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Millennium Barber Shop
Millennium Barber Shop
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Cape Town Railway Station
Cape Town Railway Station
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