Thursday, April 06, 2006

When the Dutch first came

van RiebeeckI wonder how many South Africans remember that today used to be called Founders' Day?

It being the day that the Dutchman, Jan van Riebeeck, first arrived with five ships at what was to become Cape Town, it's no surprise that the holiday was abolished after the democratic elections of 1994. His image used to be ubiquitous, appearing on stamps, coins and notes but now hardly features anywhere.

However, his and his wife's statues remain standing in Adderley Street, Cape Town.


Blogger andrea said...

When was he alive? (I need the hard, cold facts.)

6:32 pm  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

You are so demanding!

21 April 1619–18 January 1677, arrived in South Africa on 6 April 1652

6:51 pm  
Anonymous patita said...

Columbus Day has been renamed in a lot of places (hell, we'd be loathe to drop any holiday here since we get so few). Día de la Resistencia Indígena (Day of Indigenous Resistance) is the name for it that I like!

7:06 pm  
Anonymous xmichra said...

wow, that is interesting.

I am also a little impressed with the usage of 'ubiquitous'.. hehe

7:42 pm  
Blogger whatalotoffun said...

Yes we all talked about it yesterday at work. So much have changed since the 1994 Elections names has changed our money our flag even the history books. The little ones dont even learn about van Riebeeck anymore but about Mandela. There is so much that changed here is a view that comes to head Transvaal Province - Gauteng.
Our Main Street - Govan Mbeki Avenue. Pretoria - Tswane. It was a big thing ones of the new Government changing names, it costs them millions of rands while there people is dying of hunger. Well I can go on and on. Streets name all over SA has been changed.

7:52 am  
Blogger CTG said...

Hi Nomad. Thanks for the reminder. I had forgotten that it was Founder's Day. I remember those 'fun' History classes at school and learning about Mr van R. I remember his face being on coins and bank notes. Not too long ago, I was in Town and I went past his statue. Hope you are well. Have a great weekend. CTG

9:53 am  
Blogger ChittyChittyBangBang! said...

I remember Founder's Day, and I did not even realise that it was yesterday. Shame on me.
Interestingly, it was the Portuguese who first set foot in South Africa and sailed around what was then known as the Cape of Storms(?) some 160 years earlier.

10:19 am  
Blogger Tammy said...

Hmm Ol' Jannie V. Its funny how much we hard to learn about him in school in the old SA, and I bet he is not even mentioned in the new world!!

11:48 pm  
Blogger Rob7534 said...

Interesting... hmmm history.

So, tell me Nomad, any hot stories that center around Founder's Day? You know, with you drinking an exessive amount of red vino!

I love your red wine stories!

5:53 am  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

I always enjoy history but not everyone does. And those of us who like history are sometimes very specific in what part of history we're interested in.

Rob: I can't think of any red wine stories centred round that day. Sorry to disappoint. I shall have to think of some more but please do NOT encourage me to go seeking more - it's NOT good for me!

8:56 am  
Blogger BUDDESS said...

Our history has changed so much that none of our kids are interested in taking History as a subject in High School. I loved History and it was my fav subject at school. Mind you, I was in High School just prior to 1994. Not too long before that, but yes, old Jannie was part of my history and I found it extremely interesting. Along with the Boer War etc. That period of history has been omitted from new text books.

9:26 am  
Blogger Rob7534 said...

The only history that ever got me excited was the Pre-Columbian American kind. So much information lost, and so little real research being done, it was like a big black hole of info. With only anecdotal evidence, and lots of mysteries!

I love a good mystery.

9:37 am  

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