Route 27 West Coast South Africa
West Coast Chronology: from 1601 - 1985
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1601 - Van Spilbergen entered the bay (Saldanha) and named it.|
1620 - Augustin Beaulieu wrote a description of the islands.
1623 - Olafsson landed at Scbaapen Island.
1648 - De Flacotart spent time reconnoitering the bay and he named the islands. A sailor was buried on Meeuwen.
1652 - Van Riebeek sent Sijmon Pieterl Turver in the Goede Hoop to explore the bay. The same year Verburgh hunted whales and seals there.
1658 - Free burghers settled around Saldanha and trade started between Dutch and Cochoquas.
1659 - Potter was sent to the bay and did a survey and maps.
1660 - Van Riebeek came personally and started off the post at Kraalbaai with a garrison.
1666 - A French fleet landed and planted flags, but left the bay unmanned. Van Riebeek increased the garrison to eleven men. The islands were also manned by lookouts.
1669 - The Here XVII gave instructions for a permanent garrison to be established at Oude Post.
1670 - A French fleet under Adm. De la Haye arrived, arrested the garrison, then left.
1673 - The garrison was attacked by Kees, son of Gonnema. A retributive expedition was led by Goske from the Cape.
1693 - Captain George Dew in the Amy landed and was arrested in the bay by the Dutch ship Tamboer
1699 - Other pirates land and strip the Amy before fleeing a Dutch flotilla from the Cape.
1702. - Wreck of the Meerestyn.
1732 - Oude Post shifted from Kraalbaai to new location.
1781 - English fleet under Adm. Johnstone attacked a Dutch fleet and the Middelburg was burnt and sunk.
1785 - The VOC beacon was planted at Geelbek.
1790 - Postholder Stofberg was granted the farm Stofberg-fontein.
1796 - Dutch Adm. Lucasí fleet was trapped in the bay by Adm. Elphinstone and captured.
1821 - The Government Post was shifted to Oosterwal on the eastern shores of the lagoon.
1844 - The guano rush started.
1863 - The American ship Alabama visited the bay. Later two prizes, the Sea Bride and the Tuscaloosa were sent to Saldanha.
1870 - Quarantine stations are started at Salamander bay and continue for the next ten years.
1902 - One of the two naval engagements of the Boer War alleged to have taken place in Saldanha.
1905 - Church Haven is founded by George Albert Lloyd.
1909 - Norwegian whalers start a whaling station at Donker-gat which remained operational until the Depression in 1930.
1985 - The founding of the West Coast National Park.
Chronology received from Gabriel Athiros, Editor, "The Cape Odyssey"