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South Africa has a long history of colonialism by among others the Portuguese, French, Dutch and British. This travelogue begins in Cape Town, one of the most important ports in the world. ... See full summary »

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South Africa has a long history of colonialism by among others the Portuguese, French, Dutch and British. This travelogue begins in Cape Town, one of the most important ports in the world. It is located at the meeting of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Table Mountain overlooks the city. At the peak's summit, one can get a magnificent view of the city and surrounding coastline below. Diamond miner and Englishman Cecil John Rhodes, known for the scholarship named after him, bequeathed a house to the state to be used as the home for the prime minister, this house which is the most colorful building in Cape Town. There is also a memorial to Rhodes at the side of Table Mountain. The next stop on the journey is the city of Durban, which has grown from a small native town to one of the largest and most important cities in South Africa. Colorful and resplendently attired Zulu natives can still be found there. Adjacent to the city is the tranquil Valley of the Thousand Hills, where the native ... Written by Huggo

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2 January 1937 (USA)  »

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[shipboard view of Capetown, South Africa's harbor]
Narrator: Picturesquely situated around the promontory of the Cape of Good Hope, at the junction of the Atlantic and Indian oceans, lies one of the world's most historic ports of call: Capetown, mother city of South Africa and southern gateway to what was once known as the Dark Continent.
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1 November 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Picturesque South Africa (1937)

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Early entry in James A. FitzPatrick's TravelTalks series takes us to South Africa where we start off learning about Cape Town, which connects the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. From here we learn about Table Mountain and how this portion of the world was first explored as a quicker way to India. From here we hear the history of Cecil John Rhodes who would die at the age of 49 but not before helping form the community. We see not only the Dutch styled house he lived in but also a memorial. Our final stop is a look at some of the locals and their small village. Overall this is another good entry in the series and it's clear that the main appeal is going to be seeing the various locations in the glorious Technicolor. Fans of the series will certainly be entertained by this one as we get some great bits of history and of course getting to see the locations is what made the series so special. FitzPatrick does his usual good job with the narration.

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