This richly illustrated history of Cape Town under Dutch and British rule tells the story of its residents, the world they inhabited and the city they made – beginning in the seventeenth century with the tiny Dutch settlement, hemmed in by mountains and looking out to sea, and ending with the well-established British colonial city, poised confidently on the threshold of the twentieth century. Fresh perspectives on Cape Town life have been provided by paintings, maps and, from the 1850s, photography as well as more conventional documentary sources. The changing ways in which both visitors and residents depicted the town say much about how its outward appearance altered over three centuries. But they also reveal a great deal about how the mentalité of Capetonians – their understanding of the world they inhabited – also changed.
ISBN: 978-0-86486-656-1, 1998, 275x215mm, 288 pages
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