Near the Liesbeeck-Salt River Canal lies the Cape’s oldest recorded battle site. Even now in its vague commemoration on the website Knot of Stone, the site is auspiciously remarked as being the site of the ‘forgotten bones of De Almeida the Portuguese commander, who was ‘murdered’ by the Khoekhoen. The historically invisible Khoekhoen of the Cape and their victory over a colonial commander who dared to kidnap their children is of little or no consequence even in this modern version of events. It should be interpreted as a site of victory for the Khoekhoe over colonial tyranny. After more than 50 Portuguese were killed European countries had little interest in settling the Cape for another century.

GPS coordinates: 33.9268° S, 18.4721° E (suburb)