General Lord Roberts marches on Pretoria


General Lord Roberts source:

Thursday, 3 May 1900

In the middle of the South African War II (Anglo-Boer War II), General Lord Roberts left Bloemfontein and began the 'March to Pretoria' with nearly 44,000 men, 18,000 horses, and 1200 field-guns. The War had started eight months earlier due to a number of interrelated factors. These included conflicting political ideologies of imperialism and republicanism, the discovery of gold on the Witwatersrand, tension between political leaders, the Jameson Raid and the Uitlander franchise. The war ended on 31 May, 1902 following the signing of the Peace Treaty of Vereeniging.

• Boddy-Evans, A. ‘This Day in African History: 3 May’, from About African History, [online], available at [Accessed: 11 April 2013]
• Anglo-Boer War Museum, ‘Peace Treaty of Vereeniging’, [online], available, (Accessed: 11 April 2013)
• South African History Online, ‘South African War 1899-1902
•  Second Anglo-Boer War’
, [online], available at (Accessed: 11 April 2013)

Last updated : 30-Apr-2015

This article was produced for South African History Online on 26-Apr-2013