Kaapmans, plural noun

Forms:
Caapmen, CaepmansShow more Also Caapmen, Caepmans, Kaapmen, and with small initial.
Origin:
DutchShow more Dutch, Kaap Cape + mans men.
historical
(The) members of any of several Khoikhoi peoples formerly living in the south-western Cape. See also Saldanha sense 1 a, strandloper sense 2 a.
Note:
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.
1838 D. Moodie Record I. 247Goringhaiquas, whose Chief is named Gogosoa, and who are the Caepmans; they are, exclusive of women and children, about 300 men capable of bearing arms.
1912 Cape Archives in I.D. Colvin Cape of Adventure 220Herry and the Caapmen had spoken only evil of our people wherever they went.
1926 P.W. Laidler Tavern of Ocean 14The Hottentots were the chief offenders against this law...The Kaapmen stole anything they saw.
1930 H.A. Chilvers Seven Lost Trails of Afr. 173A clan of Hottentots, known to the Dutch as Kaapmans, visited the bay with horned cattle.
1982 (tr. of J. Van Riebeeck’s Jrnl) in Voice 11 July 9At the Fort today, peace was renewed with the chiefs and overlord of the kaapmans (Gogosoa).
(The) members of any of several Khoikhoi peoples formerly living in the south-western Cape.

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