Henry Francis Fynn

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Henry Francis Fynn (29 March 1803 in Grosvenor Square, London, England – 20 September 1861 in Durban, Natal, South Africa) was an English traveler and trader. His diary covers the period from 1824 to 1836 and is the story of the first white settler in Natal who had reached an agreement with the Zulu by befriending Shaka Zulu, who gave him the strip of land in which the town of Durban was situated. No prior settlements in the area have ever been documented or known by the Zulu or Xhosa. His diary provides a contemporary account of Shaka and the kingdom of the Zulu in South Africa.

He was played by Robert Powell in the 1986 television drama Shaka Zulu.

Fynn's son, also Henry Francis attended St. Andrew's College, Grahamstown in 1858 and 1859.[1]

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  1. ^ Laurie 1914, p. 104.


  • Pridmore, Julie (2004). "Diaries and Despatches: The Life and Writing of Henry Francis Fynn (1803–61) and Henry Francis Fynn Junior (1846–1915)". Kleio. Routledge. 36 (1): 126–147. doi:10.1080/00232080485380061. 

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This article draws heavily on the de:Henry Francis Fynn article in the German-language Wikipedia, which was accessed in the version of 19 July 2011.