Saturday, December 31, 2011

On December 31

On this day in ...
... 1687 (325 years ago), a ship named The Voorschoten set sail from the Netherlands' Delfshaven bound for the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, a destination it would reach on April 13 of the following year. It carried a group of Huguenots, Protestants who were fleeing persecution in their native, Roman Catholic France. The voyage was the 1st of many that would take place in the next 2 years. Many settled in Franschhoek (Afrikaans for "French corner"), a Western Cape region filled with fields of lavender and vineyards that produce superb wines. (photo credit)

(Prior December 31 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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