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Thursday, 23 February 2012

The Land Settled Was Vacated Prior.

The land that the Boers settled into north of the Orange River - initially under Hendrik Potgieter - during the mid 19th cent was fairly vacant due to the Difaqane of Shaka decades prior. Upon those vacated lands the Boers established numerous republics with at least two to three receiving international recognition. The following maps show that the Boers settled into vacated / depopulated & unoccupied lands during the era of the Great Trek.

The above map taken from page 578 on World History: From 1500 By William J. Duiker, Jackson J. Spielvogel. This map shows how it was the Boers of the northeast Cape frontier who went on the Great Trek & that they settled into a depopulated region.

Taken from: When the Loerie Sings Again. Notice once again that it demonstrates that the Boers of the Cape frontier went on the Great Trek & that the Boers trekked into a depopulated region. This is not to say that there were no people at all still there but their numbers were quite small as its population was reduced due to the inter-tribal war of decades prior.

There is another important point to remember. The Boer Republics were not the result of a Colonial nor European power but were rather the direct result of a homegrown people whose ancestors were nomadic pastoralists [ whose main migrations of the 1700s are shown on the above map ] who cut their ties to Europe [ noted in The Great Trek from Oliver Ransford within Chapter one among other authors ] quite early on becoming part of the African landscape long before era of the Great Trek. Thus the establishment of the Boer Republics was the natural outcome of a freedom struggle of an indigenous or homegrown people who were seeking a significant level of self determination.