Gaking of the Gorachouqua1

M, #18890, b. circa 1625
Father*Pn of the Gorachouqua1

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Last Edited21/10/2017
BirthOrigin*Gaking was presumably born in the area of what is now and was perhaps born circa 1625. The date is estimated and is based on his brother's leadership in the period following 1652.1 
(Member) PeopleGroup In 1657 Chora was the leader of the Gorachouqua, a Khoen group which Van Riebeeck said comprised about 600-700 fighting men. The number of women and children was not recorded, but if each of these men had a wife and just one child, the group would have numbered around 1,800-2,100. Van Riebeeck recorded that they were rich in cattle. The settlers also referred to them as the tobacco thieves, after they earlier stole stome tobacco plants. They also appear in the record as Chorachouqua. Together with the Goringhaicona and the Gorachouquas they were one people, although quite fractious at times, with the Goringhaiquas being the senior group. They were the ancestral people of the modern day Korana. The Gorachouqua included the following indidividuals: Gaking.2,3,1 


  1. [S846] I. Schapera, editor, The early Cape Hottentots: Olfert Dapper, Willem ten Rhyne en Johannes Gulielmus de
    ( DBNL digitale bibliotheek voor de Nederlandse letteren, 2011), p.9-11, including notes.. Hereinafter cited as The early Cape Hottentots.
  2. [S406] H.B. Thom, editor, Journal of Jan van Riebeeck Vol III 1659-1662 translated by J. Smuts from the original Dutch, (Cape Town, Amsterdam: A.A. Balkema, 1954), p.82. Hereinafter cited as Journal of Jan van Riebeeck Vol III 1659-1662.
  3. [S647] Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope, Letters Despatched 1652-1662 to which are added land grants, attestations, Journal of voyage to Tristan da Cunha, names of freemen, &c. Vol III, H.C.V. Leibrandt; (Cape Town, South Africa: W.A. Richards & Sons, Government Printers, 1900), p.239-240. Hereinafter cited as Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope.

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