Politics & Society

Background and policy of apartheid Before we can look at the history of the apartheid period it is necessary to understand what apartheid... read more
1884 Otto von Bismarck chairs the Berlin Conference to stem the scramble for Africa. Only Morocco, Ethiopia, and Liberia are recognized as... read more
Africa is the world’s second largest continent, both by size and number, after Asia. Its landmass holds 54 countries and nine territories.... read more
The first white inhabitants Between 1820 and 1826, Afrikaner trekboer (migratory farmer) J.N. Brits trekked from the Cape Colony, crossed... read more
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The destruction of the Zulu kingdom 1879 -1896 In the 1870s settler and colonial determination to bring Blacks under firm political control... read more
Finding the area ones ancestors came from is a daunting task. To assist the searcher, the table below has been created. The table... read more
The three Basotho Wars (1858-68) and the formation of Lesotho The conflict between the Basotho people and White settlers in what is now the... read more
In the early hours of the morning of 16 December 1838, a battle was fought between the Voortrekkers, under the leadership of Andries... read more
While the two main forces in the Anglo-Boer War 2 were White, it was not an exclusively White war. At least 15 000 Blacks were used as... read more
The area between the Orange and Vaal rivers, originally known as Transoranje, with its abundance of permanent water sources, was the... read more
The exploitation of convict labour at the Cape during the Colonial era is closely connected with the work of John Montagu, Colonial... read more
When the Dutch settled in South Africa in the 16th and 17th centuries they transplanted their Dutch Reformed theology to the African... read more
"Without doubt it is a far more costly thing to kill the (indigenous population) than to Christianise them." (Warneck 1888) European... read more
Causes of the War The First Anglo-Boer is also known as the First Transvaal War of Independence because the conflict arose between the... read more
The Great Trek was a movement of Dutch-speaking colonists up into the interior of southern Africa in search of land where they could... read more

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