Cochoqua, noun

Forms:
Chochaqua, KochaquaShow more Also Chochaqua, Kochaqua, Kokoqua.
Plurals:
Cochoquas, or unchanged.
Origin:
Khoikhoi
obs. except in historical contexts
A member of a Khoikhoi people who lived near present-day Riebeeck-Kasteel, Western Cape, during the 17th and 18th centuries. Also attributive.
Note:
Early Dutch settlers considered the Cochoqua to be a powerful people (see quotations 1952 and 1968).
1670 J. Ogilby Africa 576The chiefest people hitherto discover’d in this Southerly part of Africa, are the Gorachouqua’s, Goringhaiqua’s, Goringhaikona’s, Kochoqua’s,..Namaqua’s, Heusaqua’s, Brigoudins, and Hankumqua’s.
1731 G. Medley tr. of P. Kolben’s Present State of Cape of G.H. I. 62The Kochaqua’s, as do other nations of the Hottentots, remove with their Cots and Cattle, from one Part to another of their Territories for the Convenience of Pasturage.
1795 C.R. Hopson tr. of C.P. Thunberg’s Trav. I. 305The Kokoquas nation inhabited the country that bordered upon the Cape on the northern side in the environs of Groene Kloof.
1880 Cape Monthly Mag. II. 140A few descendants of the Cochoqua are still in existence at Bethany, Great Namaqualand, calling themselves by that tribal name.
1905 G.W. Stow Native Races of S. Afr. 242The Cochoqua were the people who sold the Cape peninsula to the Dutch in 1672. The first hostilities between the Dutch and these Hottentots broke out the following year.
1914 C. Pettman Notes on S. Afr. Place Names 13Gonnema, chief of the largest division of the Cochoquas.
1952 H.B. Thom tr. of J. Van Riebeeck’s Jrnl I. 370The Kaapmans and the tribe of the Black Captain..were encamped in the midst of them all. [Note] The Black Captain was Gonnema, chief of the Cochoquas. He was so called because he smeared his body with soot.
1952 H.B. Thom tr. of J. Van Riebeeck’s Jrnl II. 189The Cochoquas..are rich in cattle and are the most powerful of all the real Saldanhars.
1968 E.A. Walker Hist. of Sn Afr. 36Explorers and visitors soon taught him (sc. Van Riebeeck) of the existence of other clans:..two groups of Chochaquas, the strongest of all the local clans, under Gounema and Oedosos in the neighbourhood of Saldanha Bay.
1972 J.J. Oberholster in Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. V. 267Gonnema,..Cochoqua chief. During the first ten years of the European settlement at the Cape, this Hottentot chief lived in the vicinity of the present Riebeek-Kasteel and Twenty-four Rivers.
1972 Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. VII. 164The neighbouring area (sc. in the Malmesbury district) was reserved for the remnants of Hottentot tribes, the Cochoquas, [etc.].
A member of a Khoikhoi people who lived near present-day Riebeeck-Kasteel, Western Cape, during the 17th and 18th centuries. Also attributive.

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