Cape Dutch

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Cape Dutch is a term used to refer to a number of socio-cultural matters, all deriving from the settlement of the Cape of Good Hope by the Dutch in the 17th century.

Among the uses of the term are found as the term for:

(1) A people, the descendents of Dutch settlers, living in the Cape Colony[1].

(2) A distinctive architectural style found mostly in the Western Cape province of South Africa[2].

(3) A language or dialect of Dutch developed and spoken in the Cape Colony in the 18th and 19th centuries by descendents of the Dutch settlers as well as their slaves and servants. During the 19th century this would evolve into the South African language called Afrikaans.

See Afrikaans


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