Where did the Afrikaners come from?

Afrikaners are an ethnically distinct group of descendants of European settlers, arriving in modern day South Africa on and after 16 April 1652. Their mother tongue is Afrikaans, their predominant religion is Afrikaner Calvinism and they identify with the Afrikaner culture. The vast majority of Afrikaners came, in various waves, from the Netherlands and their language, Afrikaans, is based on Dutch.