The common idea that those descended from the 4000 men women and children that came to South Africa is that the Settlers where for the most part English men and woman.
However the Settlers we’re drawn from various parts of the British Ilse
True a large portion we’re English but there we’re others who we’re drawn from Wales, Ireland, Cornwell and Scotland.
The battle for survival in the Cape of Good hope produced individuals of a tough hearty and stoic nature a breed of men, women and children who clung to life like burs to a saddle blanket.
Of course this produced a strong sense of belonging and community.
They had to stick together or die.
Fortunately, they survived and help build a great nation.
The endeavours of these early pioneers produced results even when struck time and time again with setbacks.
Now one of the results of the low levels of education among the early settlers meant that not many kept journals or diary a few exceptions to the rule did exist. We can be greatly appreciative for that at least.
The sad part of this is there are very few personal rememberers that we’re written down and as a result a great oral tradition sprung up.