The Battle of Muizenberg took place in 1795. It was more of a scuffle than a battle but its impact was significant. The Dutch East India Company lost the fight and the Cape Colony went to the British. Some of the fortifications (a rock fort) probably built by the Dutch can still be seen today. Trained guides tell the fascinating story involving ships from Admiral Nelson's navy and the red coats (British foot soldiers). Prior to the battle France and Britain had been squabbling over the right to protect the Netherlands and all her "possessions". One of these was the Cape Colony. If not for the Battle of Muizenberg many South Africans might have been speaking French instead of English. The site is open by arrangement.

Map


View Battle of Muizenberg in a larger map
HTML Comment Box is loading comments...