Collectively, the members of a Khoikhoi people formerly resident in what is now the Western Cape.
As is the case with many names of peoples and groups in South African English, this word has been found only in plural uses; however, it may be that it has also been used in unrecorded singular forms.
1731G. Medleytr. ofP. Kolben’s Present State of Cape of G.H.I. 71The Attaquas are possess’d of but a very indifferent Soil, and but ill provided with Water. For which Reason they live in little Troops at a considerable Distance from one another, in Parts the most commodious.
1795C.R. Hopsontr. ofC.P. Thunberg’s Trav.I. 308Farther to the northward, and near the large valley, through which one must pass in order to go to Lange-kloof and the adjacent country, occurs the district of the Ataquas Hottentots, which is mountainous and abounds in grass.
1977T.R.H. DavenportS. Afr.: Mod. Hist. 4Others (sc. Khoikhoi) spread towards the eastern Cape coast,..into the Fish and Sundays river valleys, and then migrated either eastwards (the Gona) or westwards (the Attaqua, Hessequa, Chochoqua and others) in the direction of the Cape peninsula.