In a previous posting on the this blog Rekindling Historically Unofficial Déjà vu, I touched upon an interesting tale concerning South Africa’s very first unofficial Cape settlers. However, the story as told in the previous posting, is incomplete.
According to Samuel Purchas in his book Purchas his pligrimes the ten men (the first unofficial European Cape settlers) landed at the Cape were Henry Cocket, Clerke, John Crosse, Brand, Bouth, Hunnyard, Brigs, Pets, Metcalfe, and Skilligar. On the instructions of the Fleet Council the men chose a leader. Their choice fell on John Crosse; nor was this surprising, for in an assembly of petty thieves three factors singled Crosse out: firstly he was a gentleman rogue; secondly, he had twice killed men in duels; and he was a highwayman - the elite among robbers.
One of the aims of the Tia Mysoa blog is to rekindle past historical truths that have been lost and/or distorted over time, and to encourage rational debate on these subjects. With that said, I hope readers will enjoy reading the rest of the story, not only for purposes of discovering what eventually happened to those English convicts, but to also learn more about historical truths, some of which are related to the Khoikhoi, that hardly ever get mentioned in today’s modern revamped history books.
Not only does Jose Burman’s description of our history overflow with many forgotten truths of the past, but it is also flavoured with many little quirks and ironies, which I’m sure most readers will appreciate.
Because this subject involves the contents from a chapter of a book - The unofficial history of the Cape, written by Jose Burman, I’ve decided to post the story in the Blog Section of the Tia Mysoa bookstore.
The story is split into three parts. You may start reading PART 1 here… enjoy!