Early Settlement at the Bay of Natal

It was only a matter of time before shipwreck survivors began to arrive in sufficient numbers as to form identifiable communities. One such appears to have found a home in the area about the mouth of the Mzimvubu River, known today at Port St Johns, where a number of clans, described by local residents as being abalungu, could be found. The term originates from the Transkei area, and was used to describe “a person from the sea”. However, by the early 19th century, all outward traces of these unwilling immigrants had disappeared.

Last updated : 18-Oct-2011

This article was produced by South African History Online on 18-Oct-2011