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Into the interior

Migrating frontier farmers, called trekboers, had for two decades partly settled on the highveld, grazing cattle north and south of the Orange according to season. Unlike with the Voortrekkers, political considerations were not foremost in the trekboers’ migrations. Various Voortrekker … Continue reading

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The anti-convict agitation: South Africa’s first mass movement

Sir Harry Smith, the British soldier indirectly responsible for the murder of the Xhosa king Hintsa in 1835(see Hintsa’s war) was appointed Governor of the Cape, primarily to defeat the Xhosa armies in the long drawn out War of the … Continue reading

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An Unstable Frontier Most Clamorous Against The Xhosa Nation Xhosa Chiefs And Common Boers

A particularly strong grievance among the Xhosa was the indignities and maltreatment chiefs had to suffer as a result of rude and provocative behaviour on the part of farmers and soldiers. No commoner could approach the Great Place without his … Continue reading

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An Unstable Frontier The Role Of Soldiers And Military Hintsa’s War

The Sixth Frontier War of 1834–1835 is known to the Xhosa as Hintsa’s War. It was not started by King Hintsa but by the Maqoma and Tyhali, Xhosa chiefs on the immediate colonial border who were infuriated by the loss … Continue reading

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