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Last Edited29/06/2019
NameImposedSaldanhars is the name imposed on this individual by the settlers and is found recorded on an unknown date.1  
NotesOn 10 April 1652 Quena are apparently recorded for the first time by the 1652 settlers when 9 or 10 Saldanhars arrived at the infant settlement resulting in some antagonism between the two groups. This was settled when the Quena offered a future trade of copper and tobacco for cattle and sheep. They were described as fine fellows, dressed in prepared oxhide, and stepping like any dandy in the Fatherland who carries his mantle on his shoulder or arm, but their private parts were eexposed; a little skin barely covering them. Even though this is the first meeting with the 1652 settlers, the fact they are already called the Saldanhars speaks to contact over the years between the people of the Cape with European (predominantly VOC and English) and Asian travellers sailing around the Cape.2


  1. [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.80-81. Hereinafter cited as Journal of Jan van Riebeeck Vol II 1656-1658.
  2. [S673] Precis of the archives of the Cape of Good Hope, December 1651 - December 1653[5], Van Riebeeck's Journal, &c. Part I, H.C.V. Leibrandt; (Cape Town, South Africa: W. A. Richards & Sons, Government Printers, Castle Street, 1897), p.19. Hereinafter cited as Precis of the archives, JVR Journal 1651-1653[5].

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