Why did the Dutch invade South Africa?
Cape Town was founded by the Dutch East India Company or the Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (VOC) in 1652 as a refreshment outpost. The outpost was intended to supply VOC ships on their way to Asia with fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and to enable sailors wearied by the sea to recuperate.
Where did the Dutch get slaves?
Initially, Dutch traders transported slaves to Buenos Aires and Rio de la Plata in present-day Argentina, later the Caribbean also became the target of the slave trade. When Brazil was recaptured in 1654, there were already some 25,000 slaves brought over.
Why did the Dutch leave India?
Netherland had got independence from Spanish Empire in 1581. Due to war of independence, the ports in Spain for Dutch were closed. This forced them to find out a route to India and east to enable direct trade.
Why are they called Boers?
The term Boer, derived from the Afrikaans word for farmer, was used to describe the people in southern Africa who traced their ancestry to Dutch, German and French Huguenot settlers who arrived in the Cape of Good Hope from 1652.
Why are there so many Dutch in South Africa?
Due to the value of the spice trade between Europe and their outposts in the East Indies, Dutch ships began to call sporadically at the Cape in search of provisions after 1598.