Port Elizabeth of Yore: Captain Jacob Glen Cuyler

Spare a thought for explorers, adventurers and soldiers of the nineteenth century. Nothing today comes close to their sense of isolation from their family and friends as these intrepid souls departed from their hometowns. It is reasonable to assume that the departing spouse was non-contactable the moment that they were out of view. 

One such character was Jacob Glen Cuyler who would arrive in South Africa via an extremely circuitous route & who would become an important character and played a prominent role in the settlement of the British Settlers in the Eastern Cape. 

His assistance to the arriving settlers is commemorated in a street adjacent to Fort  Frederick, known as Cuyler Crescent.  

Main picture: Captain Jacob Glen Cuyler

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