The first colonists to arrive in Cape Town were the Dutch in the 17th century. Additionally, these colonists were employees of the Dutch East India Company. Therefore, they had come to Cape Town to establish a way-station for ships traveling to the Dutch East Indies.
The Dutch imported slaves from Madagascar and Indonesia. The slaves were needed to speed up the expansion of the settlement. As a result, these imported slaves are the ancestors of the current inhabitants of Cape Town. Therefore, the importation of these slaves laid the foundation for the city’s present day multi-ethnic population.