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    (April 6, 1652- )
    Legislative capital of South Africa
    Capital of the Western Cape Province
    Settled by native Khoikhoi and San tribes
    Town established by the Dutch East India Company
    Notable landmarks include Table Mountain, Signal Hill, Robben Island, The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the Castle of Good Hope, and the Groote Schuur residence
    Early traders thought that the area was settled by dwarves and vicious man-eating birds.
    The area was called the 'Cape of Storms' because of its turbulent seas and winds.
    Many anti-apartheid activists, including Nelson Mandela, were imprisoned on Robben Island.
    The views from Table Mountain are sometimes obscured by the 'Table Cloth' cloud cover.
    The city's gay beach is located near the family beach (don't get them confused).
    The city's only multi-racial district was bulldozed to make more room for white residents. After all the original homes were destroyed and the residents were forcibly relocated, nothing was built there (1966).
    The vigilante terrorist group PAGAD was formed here (1996).
    Like many cities in South Africa, the population is economically and racially segregated.
    It is South Africa's most popular tourist destination, offering extensive outdoor activities and numerous museums and shopping centers.
    It is world-renowned for its beaches, cosmopolitan atmosphere, historic Dutch houses, and lively cultural scene.
    Large populations of whales, seals, and penguins can be found along the coast.
    The country's wine growing regions are located near the city.
    The world's first successful heart transplant was performed here (1967).
    Robben Island was proclaimed a UN World Heritage site.
    It is often compared to San Francisco because of its diversity, artist community, open attitudes, and island prison.

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