Angra das Vaccas

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Inlet on the coast of the Indian Ocean, South-West of Mossel Bay. Old name for Vleesbaai. It was given its name in Dutch form, 'Vleeschbaai', by Paulus van Caerden.  Portuguese for 'bay of cows', thus named after the cows the Portuguese mariners saw grazing there, and which inturn, exchanged with the Khoi people, to obtain fresh milk and meat! 

• New Dictionary of South African Place Names by Peter E Raper
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Last updated : 01-Feb-2017

This article was produced for South African History Online on 23-Sep-2016