TODAY IN HISTORY: Jan van Riebeeck dies in 1677

By Drum Digital
18 January 2015

Johan Anthonisz “Jan” van Riebeeck died in 1677 at the age of 57 in Batavia, now Jakarta, Indonesia, in the former Dutch East Indies.

Johan Anthonisz “Jan” van Riebeeck died in 1677 at the age of 57 in Batavia, now Jakarta, Indonesia, in the former Dutch East Indies.

He landed at the Cape in April 1652 to establish a refreshment station for ships travelling to the East on behalf of the Dutch East India Company.

While at the Cape, Van Riebeek encountered resistance from the native Hottentots tribe in his attempts to take over their land.

Van Riebeek argued that the Hottentots had no written documentation to prove that the land was theirs. This was the source of constant tensions and conflicts between the two groups.

Van Riebeek is regarded by the Afrikarners as the father of their nation.

Up until 1993, his image appeared in postage stamps and the South African Currency.

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