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Nicolas-Louis De La Caille, Astronomer and GeodesistSouth African Astronomical Observatory$
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Ian Stewart Glass

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199668403

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199668403.001.0001

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Notes about the Cape

Notes about the Cape

(p.84) 4 Notes about the Cape
Nicolas-Louis De La Caille, Astronomer and Geodesist

I.S. Glass

Oxford University Press

While at the Cape, La Caille interested himself in his natural surroundings and their flora and fauna. He collected plant materials and animal skins to send to his colleagues in the Academy of Sciences. He described some of the unusual animals and fish that he saw. He made several trips to farms and villages in the hinterland of Cape Town besides those he visited in the course of his geodetic expeditions. He commented on the local food and farming economy. He climbed Table Mountain and other peaks. He was interested in the fate of the Hugenot refugees and the condition of the slaves who outnumbered the colonists. He criticised heavily the book of a previous traveller, Peter Kolbe and was later criticised himself by Otto Mentzel.

Keywords:   Table Mountain, Kolbe, Mentzel, Cape customs, Hugenots, slaves,Cape topography

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