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In 1497 when the famous Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama, discovered Durban, Durban was populated by many African tribes. Originally, the Lala tribe and Luthuli clan lived in this area. In Zulu, this area is called Thekweni, “Place of the Bay”. Since Vasco discovered the bay on Christmas day, he named it “Rio de Natal” or the Christmas River.
However, after the discovery, no Europeans settled in Durban. Then in 1652, people began to settle in Capetown and the British began to look of a good port to facilitate trade with the local Africa tribes European and the British traded mirrors, blankets, beads and tobacco for ivory, horns and hides in Africa.
In 1824, Henry Francis Flynn the Third and his British comrades settled in
Durban. The Port Natal began to liven up around 1825. In 1835, the area
was named after Cape Governor Sir Benjamin Durban. However, the tribes
within Durban, Zulus, had clashes with the settlers from the start,
especially since these zulu tribes considered the port a vital part of
their existence. In 1838, a fight broke out between the Zulus
and the newly arrived Voortrekkers. The Voortrekkers ended up defeating
the Zulus, especially since they had guns, and life was rather calm for
a bit. Then in the 1840s the Voortrekkers began to bicker with the
British over who ruled Durban. After much fighting, in 1844, Durban
became part of British control.