- Northern Cape
Near its meeting point with the Orange River, the Vaal is broad and beautiful, irrigating farms producing lucerne, potatoes, cotton and vegetable seeds.
The town of Douglas grew up at a fording place across the river and what is today the main shopping complex was in 1775 the scene of a bloody battle which ended in the annihilation of the Korana by the Bushmen at a place named Go-Koo-Lume meaning 'where no mercy was shown'.
Many Bushman skeletons and artefacts have been recovered in the area while some prehistoric people of unknown identity covered the rocks on Driekops Island in the nearby Riet river with several hundred rock engravings of an unusual style.
Douglas was name after Sir Percy Douglas, Lieutenant-General of the Cape and is a pleasant little place, with fine gardens and good boating, fishing and swimming in the river.
Nearby is Salt Lake, a large dried up lake which is South Africa's greatest source of salt.
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