How A Rare Skin Disease Links South Africa To An 18th Century French Seaman

Posted by Jean-Yves on Jul 17, 2017

All families linked back to the captain who was originally from Laurent, France, and travelled to the Cape of Good Hope where he settled. Hull established that the disease spread from the Frenchman to his children (one of whom was illegitimate and born in South Africa).

Everyone in South Africa who has the disease can trace their lineage back to the French seaman and his offspring.

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