Port Elizabeth - a City of History
Port Elizabeth's history as a city was foreshadowed during the Revolutionary/Napoleonic wars with France.
When the French invaded Holland and established a puppet regime, the British occupied the Dutch possessions at the Cape to forestall any French move upon the shipping route to India.
In 1799 the British established a fort and garrison on the escarpment overlooking a fresh water lagoon at Algoa Bay and named it Fort Frederick after Prince Frederick, the "Grand Old" Duke of York, then commander-in-chief of the British army.
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Port Elizabeth has a strongly established sporting tradition. Although a much younger city than Cape Town, Port Elizabeth has both the oldest cricket ground and the oldest bowling green in South Afric...
It was, however, an important logistic base and many of the British remounts were shipped through the port. A memorial, believed at the time to be unique, was subsequently erected to the horses who su...