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Make a start by looking at what some of the Big Cities have to offer, where it says "Cape Town today" or Jo'burg Today" etc. These pages are provided courtesy of Lonely Planet, who do a much better job of keeping this information up-to-date than we can.
The Portuguese are recognised as having been the first European visitors, with the arrival of Bartholemew Diaz in 1488. The Dutch came much later, in the 17th Century, but they decided to stay and duly established the first settlements in the Cape.
Much evidence of their presence still remains in Cape Town but since the early 20th Century the British were predominant, until of course the exciting events of 20 years ago when Nelson Mandela was released from prison and the politics of the region was changed for ever.
Table Mountain is the picture perfect back-drop to this vibrant city.
This is a young city. It is hard to believe there was nothing here until the discovery of gold in 1886, which sparked a mass migration of people from all over the world seeking to make their fortune in this chaotic new settlement. The population exploded and Johannesburg soon became the largest city in South Africa as well as the business capital.
A lot has happened to the city in recent years, inner city crime and neglect have resulted in the large-scale migration of businesses and commerce away from the Central Business District to the more affluent northern suburbs
But as well as business, it has grown to become as a centre for learning and entertainment for all of Africa.
Durban was first sighted by Portuguese navigator, Vasco da Gama at Christmas in 1497, whilst searching for a route from Europe to India. He named the area "Natal", which means “Christmas” in Portuguese.
Modern Durban dates from 1824, when a party of British soldiers arrived from the Cape Colony and established a settlement on the northern shore of the Bay. They were granted a strip of coast by the Zulu King Shaka and the area was formally annexed by the British in 1844
The sugar cane industry was established soon afterwards, labourers were imported from India to work the plantations and now Durban has the largest Indian population outside of India.
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