The Society Annual Lecture 1939: The Cape of Good Hope and its Many Masters

By Professor Eric Walker, published August 1939


Having detailed the location and geography of the Cape Peninsula, Professor Walker then proceeds to explain the attraction of the Peninsula to the Dutch, French, Portuguese and British during the years of the developing trade with the East. At different times, and for varying periods, these nations saw the Cape as the perfect ‘half-way house’ for the sailing vessels of the various East India Companies en-route to India and the Spice Islands. He concludes by detailing the British amphibious campaign of 1806 which resulted in the incorporation of the Cape Peninsula into the Empire.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Napoleonic War | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

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