The French fleet arrives in Cape Town to defend the colony against British invasion. Nine Dutch commercial ships carrying riches from India and one en route to Ceylon (the Held Woltemaade) are ordered out of Table Bay Harbour to take refuge at Hout Bay and Saldanha Bay. However, a British ship intercepts the Held Woltemaade, and the British, deciding Cape Town was too well protected to attack, seize the other Dutch ships, destroy one, and sail away. The period of French rule over Cape Town begins. Property values rise 100%. It will be a time of great prosperity for the colonial residents made possible by the virtual slave labour of the Khoi people.