Though it would be a stretch to say the next few years were peaceful, the next fifteen years were decent for Boer-British relations. Then one day in 1867 an African shepherd looked down at the glittering rock he found near the Cape/Orange Free State border and the whole region went ballistic. Diamonds had been found, […]Read more "A Hole New World"
Backtracking from the Xhosa, by 1839 the Boers had established the Republic of Natalia along the coast of the Indian Ocean. While their immediate neighbors the Zulu were still not exactly pleased with the influx, their recent defeat and the beginning of a nasty and fratricidal civil war hamstrung their ability to do much about […]Read more "Natal, Transvaal, Governor’s Recall"
To the Afrikaners, British rule must have seemed arbitrary at best. One day, the British would try to make nice, helping them yank out another 100 miles of countryside from the locals for their farmlands. After the next electoral cycle, the Afrikaners were suddenly rebuked and told to return the stolen land. All of this […]Read more "Trekking to a New Life and New Civilization."
The story of what became South Africa starts at its geographic end. The Cape of Good Hope is the southwestern tip of the continent, the point where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet along a notorious stretch of open water prone to high winds and violent waves. For thousands of years the region was home […]Read more "Founding Cape Colony"
Hello! Welcome to Bartered History, the home for a series of history projects written by a hapless 20-something who usually had better things to do at the time. I have always been fascinated by historical events, and this site was born out of a desire to study a variety of wars, impactful moments, and people in greater depth. […]Read more "Welcome!"