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It was founded as a European colony in 1652 by the Dutch East India Trading Company.
People Born in Cape Town
Cape Town in People's Lives
Agatha Christie: I traveled here with my husband in 1922, and decided to try surfing - something that I became avidly passionate about. When I later assumed a false identity during my 10-Day Disappearance, I told people that I was from this city.
Catrinel Menghia: I traveled here in 2013 for a shoot for the cover of Sports Illustrated: South Africa.
Jake Gyllenhaal: I traveled here in 2006 to film scenes of the movie Rendition.
Jared Leto: I traveled here in 2004 to film scenes of the movie Lord of War.
Kellan Lutz: I visited here around 2010, and fell in love with this city, and with the country of South Africa. I now always name South Africa as my favorite place, and say of this city "There's just something about that place - the people, the mountains."
Orlando Bloom: I traveled here in 2009, after recieving word that my mother was ill. She died at the age of 88 here, and I attended her funeral and took a break from acting for a few months.
Paula Hamilton: My mother decided to move here shortly after my birth, in 1958, due to my father's tragic death. I grew up here, and lived here until I was eight years old. We moved back to England in 1966.
Rudyard Kipling: I traveled here in 1891, at the time a young aspiring writer trying to sort out a love triangle back home in England. When I returned in 1898, I was a massively famous author, and married with three young children. My family and I traveled here for a winter holiday, and stayed with my friend Cecil Rhodes in one of the guest houses of his mansion. It was a holiday that we would continue for nine years, until 1908.
Solange Knowles: As a birthday gift in 2012, my mother paid for me and my friends to fly here, where I recorded a music video for my song "Losing You."