Notes on the Geography of South Africa: Cape Peninsula: Photo 8
A few miles down the coast we're looking south at False Bay, a shallow indentation that, despite its limitations, was especially important before Cape Town had built a safe anchorage capable of protecting ships from winter winds from the Atlantic. Those winds made Cape Town so dangerous even into the 19th century that the East India Company or VOC ordered all its ships to come around the Cape Peninsula and anchor at False Bay each year from May 15th to August 15th. The town that grew on the spot is variously spelled Simon's Town or Simonstown for Governor Simon van der Stel, who visited here in 1687. The British based a squadron here from 1814, about the time of their takeover of the colony.
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