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The Franschhoek valley was originally settled in 1688 by French Huguenot refugees. This heritage is preserved today with the Huguenot Monument standing at the top of the village.

Franschhoek today is a tourist attraction with many little shops and restaurants and some of the best food and wine. Many of the streets and farms names are still French and many French names and surnames survived and are still used all over South Africa. The French Huguenots married and intermingled with the Dutch settlers and soon the French language and identity disappeared because of strict language legislation passed by the Dutch rulers. Today the French surnames and names can be found all over South Africa as one of the reminders of the French Huguenot refugees that settled in the towns of Franschhoek, Paarl and Wellington more than 300 years ago.

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