The wreck of the Dutch East India Company ship Haarlem in Table Bay, 1647, and the establishment of the ‘Tavern of the Seas'

Show simple item record Werz, B.E.J.S. (Bruno) 2018-01-16T10:09:54Z 2017-11-01
dc.description.abstract On Sunday 25 March 1647, shortly after five o’clock in the afternoon, the Dutch East India Company (VOC) ship Nieuw Haarlem or Haarlem was wrecked in Table Bay, off the coast of South Africa. The events that followed had far-reaching consequences for the history of South Africa. Fifty-eight of the crew were repatriated by accompanying ships soon after the incident, but 62 men were left behind to try and salvage as much of the cargo as possible. They found refuge in a makeshift camp, where they lived for about one year. During their stay, the men from Haarlem came into contact with indigenous people. Although initially marked by apprehension and reservation, these contacts improved after some time. This led to regular bartering, visits to each other's abodes, basic exchange of language and appreciation of each other's cultures. Upon returning to the Netherlands, the men reported favourably of their experiences. As a result, VOC management decided to establish a much-needed stopover for their ships. This station, known as the ‘Tavern of the Seas’, later developed into the city of Cape Town. The wrecking of Haarlem can thus be regarded as the catalyst that created one of the roots of current multiracial and multicultural South African society. en_ZA
dc.description.department Historical and Heritage Studies en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2019-05-01
dc.description.librarian hj2018 en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Bruno E. J. S. Werz (2017) The Wreck of the Dutch East India Company Ship Haarlem in Table Bay, 1647, and the Establishment of the ‘Tavern of the Seas’, The Mariner's Mirror, 103:4, 400-416, DOI: 10.1080/00253359.2017.1376479. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0025-3359 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2049-680X (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/00253359.2017.1376479
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Routledge en_ZA
dc.rights © The Society for Nautical Research. This is an electronic version of an article published in Mariner's Mirror, vol. 103, no. 4, pp. 400-416, 2017. doi : 10.1080/00253359.2017.1376479. Mariner's Mirror is available online at : en_ZA
dc.subject Haarlem (1647)  en_ZA
dc.subject Dutch East India Company en_ZA
dc.subject Refreshment station en_ZA
dc.subject Tavern of the Seas en_ZA
dc.subject Table Bay en_ZA
dc.subject Cape Town en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_ZA
dc.title The wreck of the Dutch East India Company ship Haarlem in Table Bay, 1647, and the establishment of the ‘Tavern of the Seas' en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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