Douglas, Northern Cape

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Douglas
Douglas suburbia
Douglas suburbia
Douglas is located in South Africa
Douglas
Douglas
 Douglas shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 29°03′S 23°46′E / 29.050°S 23.767°E / -29.050; 23.767Coordinates: 29°03′S 23°46′E / 29.050°S 23.767°E / -29.050; 23.767
Country South Africa
Province Northern Cape
District Pixley ka Seme
Municipality Siyancuma
Established 1867
Area[1]
 • Total 86.42 km2 (33.37 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 20,083
 • Density 230/km2 (600/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 32.1%
 • Coloured 58.3%
 • Indian/Asian 0.8%
 • White 8.0%
 • Other 0.9%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 93.1%
 • Tswana 2.3%
 • English 1.5%
 • Other 3.1%
Postal code (street) 8730
PO box 8730
Area code 053

Douglas is a town situated near the confluence of the Orange and Vaal Rivers in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. On this fertile soil nestles the town of Douglas. The town itself is a green patchwork of dramatic contrast - space for the solitary and activity for the energetic. Douglas is divided in three sections or locations named Bongani, Breipaal and Douglas.

Location[edit]

Douglas lies about 100 km on the R357 road[2] Southwest of Kimberley, the famous city of diamonds.

History[edit]

The town was founded in 1848 as a mission station on the farm Backhouse by the Reverend Isaac Hughes. In 1867, a group of Europeans from Griquatown signed an agreement giving them the right to establish a town. The town was named after General Sir Robert Percy Douglas, Lieutenant Governor of the Cape Colony.

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