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Week 31: Transport

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This week The Africaine makes a stop at Cape Town, South Africa, a place similar to an English township, with Robert Gouger commenting on ‘its air of prosperity.’ This stop provides the passengers with a much needed opportunity to stretch their legs, purchase fresh produce and livestock. Mary Thomas writes how passengers ate lunch and dinner in inns and other lodgings, comparing the quality of food to that which was eaten onboard. Some passengers visit the sights of Simon’s Bay, including a small museum. Mary Thomas makes reference to seeing a ‘sort of caravan, resembling a London omnibus.’ What was she referring to in this statement? What were the forms of transport used in 1836 and how are these the same / different to those used today?
Scene: Departing

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