Information About South Africa: History Unveiled

By: Vikram Kumar

The discovery of fossil evidences brings scholars to agree that the earliest people came from the lands of Africa. Such evidences and information about South Africa included the skull of Taung Child, and the hominid fossils found in the Sterkfontein Cave. The first known packs of people are the San and Khoekhoe peoples. Both groups shared space in the southern tip of the continent. A hundred thousand years before that, modern human beings have already found their place in the same continent. The Khoekhoe, due to diseases such as smallpox, exterminations, and for some other reasons, have disappeared.

According to information about South Africa, the landing of Jan van Riebeeck and his colleagues at the foot of the Table Mountain marks the first European settlement. This historical information about South Africa marks the beginning of the rich history of the region. They are instructed to create a firm base that will supply allied ships with fresh groceries such as meat and vegetables to power them up for a long trip from Europe to Asia. With this, they set up their own vegetable garden for their supplies. The settlement steadily grew. More sailors stocked milk and meat on these harbors. The construction of a bay to shelter ships was followed by workshops to repair ships and a hospital. This began a dramatic increase in the need of labor. With this, they began to import politically banned people from Indonesia. Later on, immigrants from all over Europe also arrived. Because of the dramatic growth in population, the settlers began to expand to the north then north east.

Rainbow cuisine defines South African food. It is a diverse blend of many cultures because of its history. It showcases a mixture of Asian, African, and European cultures fused into a single plate. It is a combination of English, French, Dutch, Greek, and Portuguese food traditions accompanied by the fruity sweet and sweet-sour taste of the Malay, spicy curries of China, and the special treats of its local tribes. It also highlights a wide variety of cooking styles and a exceptional way of presenting dishes, giving it a unique aura-again all owing to the rich history and amazing information about South Africa.

The country is blessed with productive lands that provide plentiful harvests that provide them with their extraordinary food. The Western Cape produces a good reap of grapes, grains, and fruits while the eastern part sustains the need for tea and other fruits like papaya, mangoes, and bananas while Natal provides the avocado and sugarcane. Karoo supplies the country's lamb, impala, ostrich, and venison. The geographic location provides South Africa with fresh and bountiful seafood such as prawns, oysters, tuna, mussels, mackerel, and crayfish as well as rock lobsters.

Much of the local restaurant present French dishes prepared with local ingredients. European tradition has also influenced their cooking styles while borrowing spices and seasoning from outside the country. It also houses vineyards responsible for some of the best wine products distributed world wide not to mention its local wine production. All of the historical sites and wonderful food must be enough reason to push you to travel South Africa and its scenic places.

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