Map of Cape Town

[Upper right:]
PLAN van CABO DE GOEDE HOOP als se onder de Regering des Hochgebooren Heern baron van PLETTENBERG, Gouverneur en Raad van Indien, in ao 1777 is gevonden worden.

[Above the allegorical figure:]
Ex parvis maxima

[Lower left:]

Verklaring der Letters

A. Kerke, Loge en publique Bibliotheque.

B. Oude Hospital.

C. Stadhuis.

D. Nieuwe Hospital.

E. Compagnies Stall.

F. Pavillon des Heeren Gouverneurs.

G. Compagnies Parc.

H. 1ste Markt.

J. 2de Markt.

K. 3rde Markt.

L. Publique Fontains.

M. Schlachthuis.

N. Tonnen-dépôt.

O. Korn magazin.

P. Werft.

Q. Particuliertuins.

R. Plaatsen die ten Anbow bequam syn.

S. Grote Canal.

T. Waterlyding.

U. Gebeemde Grond.

V. Canale.

  1. Parc vor seldene Gedierte.

  2. Woning des opsichers.

  3. Moole.

  4. Riviers.

y. Communicatien.

[Lower right, with scale of 100 Rhineland Roods:]
Vorschlag van Précautionsbouw in Vuur en Watersgevaar. Deweil de grootsde Deel Water die door den Regen van Centro des Tafelberges falt, sig hoofdsaakelyk in den beeden Riviers 4 en 4, beeden Watermoolens 't waterfourneerende vergadert, so is 't meer noodig, dat van den Oord hunner Communicatie 4, een Canal 4, 5, in den groten Canal SS, achter den nieuwen Hospital D en den Casteel in den Zée vloeiende, getrokken word. Ik heb 3 Jaaren achter malkander observeert, dat juist dat binnenste Deel van Tafelberge meer Water an de Caap brengt, als de Löwenberg en de Lowenkop: Wanneer de laatste grote Watervloet mar noch 2 Uuren geduurd hadde, so soude de Werft Gevaar geloopen hebben, weggespoelt te worden. 'T soude geene grote Kosten verwekken, op den 3den Markt K een bassin te bouwen en de Voordeelen darvan souden groot weesen, dewyl de meenigde van Huisen, met Riet gedekt syende, seer licht konnen gebluscht worden, wanneer se in Brand geraakt syn.

[Signed at lower right:]
P D v Boten

[Upper right:]
Plan of the Cape of Good Hope as found under the administration of the Noble Lord, the Baron van Plattenbert, Governor and Councillar, in the year 1777

[Above the allegorical figure:]
Ex parvis maxima [From small things the greates]

[Lower left:]
Explanation of the Letters

A. Church, loggia and public library

B. Old Hospital

C. Town Hall

D. New Hospital

E. Company’s stable

F. The Lord Governor’s pavilion

G. Company’s park

H. 1st market

J. 2nd market

K. 3rd market

L. Public fountain

M. Slaughter-house

N. Barrel depot

O. Grain magazine

P. Wharf

Q. Private gardens

R. Places suitable for building on

S. Great canal

T. Water channel

U. Marshy ground

V. Canal

  1. Park for rare animals

  2. Caretaker’s dwelling

  3. Mill

  4. Rivers

y. Connections

[Lower right, with scale of 100 Rhineland Roods:]
Proposal of precautionary works for fire and flood.
While the greatest part of the water that falls on the centre of Table Mountain is collected in the two rivers, 4 and 4, which supply the water-mills, it is all the more necessary that to effect their communication 4, a canal, 4, 5, should be led off from the great canal, SS, running behind the new hospital and the Castle into the sea. I have observed for three consecutive years that that inner part of Table Mountain indeed sends more water to the town than the Lion Mountain [Signal Hill] and Lion's Head. If the last great flood of water had lasted only two hours longer, the wharf would have been in danger of being washed away. It would not be very expensive to build a basin on the 3rd market, K, and the advantages of this would be great, because, the majority of the houses being roofed with thatch, they could easy be put out if when theu catch fire.

[Signed at lower right:]
P D v Boten

Object data

  • Place: Cape Town
  • Date: 1777
  • Nothing further is known of the P.D. van Boten who signed this map, and who was presumably responible for the proposals concerning the water-channels.

  • Size: h 46.5 cm × w 67 cm
  • Object nummer: RP-T-1914-17-1