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  • proper n. Plural form of Boer.


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  • They were known as Boers, the Dutch word for farmer.

    Charge! A Story of Briton and Boer

  • In time, former company servants and new immigrants set up as independent farmers–hence the name Boers i.e., farmers given to their descendants.

    Cry, the Beloved Country

  • He championed a white homeland for Afrikaners or Boers, as the Dutch word for Afrikaners is.

    White Supremacist's Murder Opens Old Wounds

  • Now and again he poked me in the ribs with the handle of his assegai, as though to assure himself that I was solid, and several times he asked me to be so good as to prophesy how many Zulus would be killed before the "Amaboona," as they called the Boers, were "eaten up."

    Allan's Wife

  • Contrariwise, people who defended the British treatment of the Boers justified it on the grounds that the Boers were a bunch of bloodthirsty barbarians who would quickly re-enslave the Africans if they got the chance (which, in fact, happened).

    Matthew Yglesias » Israel Deserves Better Defenders Than Andrew Roberts

  • The Boers were the most humane people where white men were concerned.


  • ‡ Dutch settlers, known as Boers, were the first Europeans to migrate in large numbers to the territories that now make up South Africa.

    South Africa

  • "The Boers are a people all by themselves - they have their own unique history, their own traditions, own festival days" and other features "all developed in Africa," said a council statement.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The task now forced on us by the unprovoked action of the Boers is a painful one under any circumstances, and the General calls on all ranks to assist him in his endeavours to mitigate the suffering it must entail.

    South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 1 (of 6) From the Foundation of Cape Colony to the Boer Ultimatum of 9th Oct. 1899

  • The Boers are the descendants of those pioneers who, for various reasons, left the Cape Colony between the years 1834-39.

    In the Shadow of Death


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