Colonial Expansion Into The South African Interior

By contrast with the setbacks they experienced in the Cape Colony, the British settler element gained huge ground in the Free State and Natal. The history of South Africa at this time indeed proves that the pen is mightier than the sword as an instrument of territorial acquisition. There was a limit to the amount of land that a farmer could farm, but there was seemingly no limit to the extent of land that an Imperial power could distribute to its well-connected friends. Frustrated by the obdurate resistance of the Xhosa to their immediate east, the settlers turned their attention to the seemingly easier pickings further afield.

Southern Transorgania (Free State)


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