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Franschhoek

Franschhoek became home to around 200 French Huguenots who had initially fled to the Netherlands after the revocation of the edict of Nantes in 1685. Via the VOC they landed at the Cape, where the Dutch wished to found a colony. The French gained free passage to the Cape, provided they first swore allegiance to the Company. In the Huguenot district, as the area around Franschhoek was known, the French built farms and established vineyards. A literary source identifying this location as a VOC post has not yet been traced. The images of this location featured in this programme currently serve as source.

historical name

Franschhoek

Fransehoek

country South Africa
region Hugenotendistrict