How the Bartels' ended up in South Africa

My dad's family traces its South African roots to Christof Bartels, a missionary, who arrived aboard the ship Candaze in 1862 at Port Natal. The Candaze was named after the legendary Queen of Ethiopia and belonged to the Hermannsburg Mission Society. The Society was originally meant to convert the heathen Galla, (commonly known as the Oromo) of Ethiopia to Christianity. Instead the missionaries were declared persona non-grata in Ethiopia which was influenced by the Coptic Church. They searched for alternative converts, which happened to be the Zulu of Southern Africa. Thus the Candaze docked at Port Natal instead of Ethiopia.

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