The French Huguenots

Use this printable file folder project for your study of the French Huguenots at the Cape. It includes information on the following topics:

  • Huguenot persecution in France
  • Refuge at the Cape
  • The Huguenots’ arrival at the Cape
  • Colonists that made a difference
  • The population at the Cape
  • Help for the Huguenots
  • Dissatisfaction among the Huguenots
  • Who were the Huguenots?
  • Huguenot farm names
  • French words that you already know
  • French titles and etiquette
  • What happened to French in South Africa?
  • The Huguenot Monument

The French Huguenots at the CapeUse this printable file folder project to enhance your children’s learning about the French Huguenots and their contribution at the Cape in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Since traditional theme book projects can be overwhelming for young children, even with help and supervision, we have created this printable file folder project that will supply you and your students with reference information, instructions as well as the printable templates to make a series of mini-booklets on each sub-topic.

French Huguenots File Folder ProjectA mini-book project enables children to work with small bits of information that can then be arranged onto a file folder to create a complete project.

This file folder project pack (or lapbook) is aimed at children aged 7-11 and can be adapted for multiple age levels, commonly found in the homeschooling situation. It could be used in a homeschool co-op group of a traditional school classroom situation too.



1. A file folder project will enable your children to work on and review key information about the topic being studied.
2. It will develop auditory and comprehension skills as well as the ability to search, sift and find answers in a written text.
3. The hands-on activities are fun and develop fine motor skills.
4. Children love to learn by doing!
5. The creative possibilities are endless. Children can be creative and add their unique touch to their projects.
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10. A file folder project can become part of a child’s portfolio of work and are a great tool for reviewing completed work.


Huguenot persecution in France

Before Martin Luther pinned up his 95 protests on the church door in Wittenberg in 1517, all Christians had belonged to one church, the Catholic Church.

After that a movement called the Reformation began, during which time many reformed churches were established.

The members of these became known as Protestants, because they protested against certain practices in the Catholic Church.

In France, the Protestants became known as Huguenots.

For some time, they were allowed to worship freely, but they began to be harassed and in 1685, when their rights were taken away, many of them fled from France to other countries like England, Holland, Prussia and America.

  • Locate France on your map of Europe. You should already know where Holland is.

The Huguenots’ arrival at the Cape

The Voorschoten was the first ship carrying 22 refugees to leave Holland, on 31 December 1687. Due to storm damage, she put in at Saldanha Bay on 13 April 1688 and a small yacht, the Jupiter, later carried the French settlers to Cape Town.

The other ships were the Borssenburg, the Oosterland, Berg China, Zuid Beveland, the Schelde, Wapen van Alkmaar, Vosmaar and Driebergen.

Today there are still passenger lists of the above-mentioned vessels. At least three babies were recorded as being born aboard ship.

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