from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any state of the Union in which slavery was illegal before the Civil War.
- n. The Irish Free State.
- n. The Congo Free State.
- n. The Orange Free State.
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- n. a province in central South Africa that was colonized by the Boers; named Free State in 1997
- n. a Mid-Atlantic state; one of the original 13 colonies
- n. any state prohibiting slavery prior to the American Civil War
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Attempt, by the Abolition party, to make Kansas a Free State by force, which was resisted by the South.
Diary of the War for Separation, a Daily Chronicle of the Principal Events and History of the Present Revolution, to Which is Added Notes and Descriptions of All the Great Battles, Including Walker's Narrative of the Battle of Shiloh
The ownership of this district had been disputed between the Orange Free State and a native chief called Nicholas Waterboer.
But the credit of settling with the Orange Free State a dispute which might have led to infinite mischief is as much Froude's as Carnarvon's, and as a consequence of their wise conduct President Brand became for the rest of his life a steady friend to the British power in South Africa.
Foreseeing that the peaceful development of the country depended on recognising and balancing. the interests of all three (particularly between the Boers and the black tribes) he worked tirelessly to bring about a confederation, won the support of the Boers of the Orange Free State and the British of the Cape, and would have succeeded but for the reluctance of the home government to assume further responsibility and expense in Southern Africa.
It was not till 1878, when all differences with the Free State had been settled, and the Transvaal was a British possession, that Griqualand West became an integral part of Cape Colony.
Very nearly at the same time Ladysmith was relieved; a few months later came the relief of Mafeking, and before the end of the first year of the war both the Orange Free State and the Transvaal were annexed to Great Britain.
Orange Free State District -- Jacobus G. Xaba, P.E. Rev. Jacobus G. Xaba -- Vereeniging (cir.)
The Orange Free State had been kicked outside the British line of empire, with a solatium in money, in the manner that an angry father bids adieu to a ne'er-do-well son.
This new vicariate included first the eastern district of Cape Colony, Natal, and the Orange Free State (Orange River Colony since the late South African war).
So firmly convinced was Froude of the President's good faith and of the injustice done him that he pleaded the cause of the Free State with the Colonial Office, and Lord Carnarvon settled the dispute in a friendly manner by the payment of a reasonable sum.