Chochaqua, KochaquaShow more Also Chochaqua, Kochaqua, Kokoqua.
Cochoquas, or unchanged.
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.
Early Dutch settlers considered the Cochoqua to be a powerful people (see quotations 1952 and 1968).
1670J. OgilbyAfrica 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.
1731G. Medleytr. ofP. 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.
1795C.R. Hopsontr. ofC.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.
1880Cape Monthly Mag.II. 140A few descendants of the Cochoqua are still in existence at Bethany, Great Namaqualand, calling themselves by that tribal name.
1905G.W. StowNative 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.
1952H.B. Thomtr. ofJ. Van Riebeeck’s JrnlI. 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.
1952H.B. Thomtr. ofJ. Van Riebeeck’s JrnlII. 189The Cochoquas..are rich in cattle and are the most powerful of all the real Saldanhars.
1968E.A. WalkerHist. 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.
1972J.J. Oberholster inStd 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.
1972Std Encycl. of Sn Afr.VII. 164The neighbouring area (sc. in the Malmesbury district) was reserved for the remnants of Hottentot tribes, the Cochoquas, [etc.].
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