former province of South Africa
See Cape Province in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Formerly (before 1910) Cape Colony
A former province of southern South Africa on the Atlantic and Indian oceans. Originally inhabited by Bantu, San, and Khoikhoin people, the area was settled by the Dutch in 1652 and ceded to Great Britain in 1814. In 1910 it became part of the newly formed Union of South Africa, later (1961) the Republic of South Africa. It was split up into three new provinces, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, and Western Cape, in 1994.