Devil’s Peak History

Devil’s Peak, has not always been called by this name.

Earliest records show that was called by the early Dutch De Windberg.



Dutch wind, wind, a very appropriate name indeed for the south-east wind sweeps with fury round this portion of the mountain. In Kolbe we find the introduction to its present form for he describes it as De Wind of Duivels Berg, DutchDuiveldevil ; Stavorinus calls in DuivelsKlip, Devil’s Rock and later on we find it as Duivels Kop.[1]

Wind-berg.—An earlier name borne by the mountain on the Cape Peninsula now known as the Devil’s Peak.” Der Wind- oder Teufels-berg hat den Namen ohne Zweifel von den Sud-Ost Winden die auf ihme regieren . . . Von dem Gipfel des Wind-Berges hat man eine schone

Aussicht, man entdecket das Tieger-Geburge, die benachbarten Heiden, etc.” (Kolben’s ” Beschreibung,” p. 210, 1745.) ” The picturesque Devil’s Peak (or Wind Berg of the old Dutch mariners), 3315 feet in height.” (Noble’s “Official Handbook of the Cape of Good Hope,” p. 77, 1886.)[2]

Devil’s Peak – Mountain (1,002 metres) to the north-east of Table Mountain, to which it is connected by a saddle. Commodore Fitzherbert named it Herbert’s Mount in 1620, but to the Dutch it was first known as Windberg. The Duivels Berg was in use in the early 18th century, and it has been suggested that it was so named because of the high winds that seemed to blow down from its summit. Eventually the name became Duivels Kop, and in English Devil’s Peak. (Jose Burman)[3]
 
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