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Stellenbosch: A short history (1679 – 1979)

Following the discovery of the valley by Simon van der Stel in 1679 the village of Stellenbosch was founded in 1685. Buildings were traditionally constructed of available local materials and thatched roofs. The organic layout of the central core of Stellenbosch is an unusually successful town structure. The geographic expansion and rapid influx of people from diverse cultures present both challenges and dynamic opportunities.