Little Chariguriquas1,2

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Last Edited21/07/2019
PeopleGroup* In 1657 Hosa may have been the leader of the Little Chariguriquas, a group whom Van Riebeeck also called the Hosamans, with the possible implication being that they were the people of Hosa. They were originally a tributory or subordinate group to the Namaquas. He said they lived around Saladanha Bay, and further south and tended to cattle belonging to the Cochoquas, to whom they had aligned themselves.3 
NotesIn 1657 Little Chariguriquas and Great Chariguriquas were distinct peoples who appear to have some connection to each other. At times they are clearly identified in the record as Little or Great, on other occasions there is simply a reference to Chariguriquas or one of the variant names, and so it is not clear which of the two are being referred to.4


  1. [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.
  2. [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), Schapera: p.25-27 and footnotes.. Hereinafter cited as The early Cape Hottentots.
  3. [S647] Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope, pp.93-94; 239-240.
  4. [S405] H.B. Thom, editor, Journal of Jan van Riebeeck Vol II 1656-1658 translated by J. Smuts from the original Dutch, (Cape Town, Amsterdam: A.A. Balkema, 1954), pp.134. Hereinafter cited as Journal of Jan van Riebeeck Vol II 1656-1658.

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