History of Cape Town is closely linked with the search for a trade route between India and Europe, during which seafarers scrutinized the southern coast of Africa. When the sea route to India was found, there was a need for a “transit point”, where ships could replenish drinking and eating. So there was a city Kapstad, which translated from Dutch means “town on the Cape” (Cape of Good Hope).
Equally important seaport, of course, could not fail to attract the attention of an influential in the shipping world, the British Empire. After years of war, the British finally managed to get Kapstad, and in 1814 the city became a British colony, it has been renamed in the English style in Cape Town.