Potted History Of South Africa
Although the white population of South Africa is made up mainly of British and Dutch immigrants, it was actually discovered by a Portuguese sailor, Bartholomeas Dias, in 1488. The "discovery" was, of course, news to the Zulu who already lived there.
In 1652, Jan van Riebeeck landed in the Cape from Holland. The British later moved in and squeezed out the Boer settlers who travelled north to the Orange Free State and the Transvaal.