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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A region of northeast South Africa. Inhabited by Bantu peoples, the area was settled by Boer farmers who formed an independent state, called the South African Republic, in the 1850s. Great Britain annexed the territory in 1877, and the discovery of gold in 1886 led to an influx of settlers, further tensions between the British and the Boers, and the eventual formation of the Transvaal as a crown colony (1902) after the Boer War. Transvaal became a part of South Africa in 1910.

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  • proper noun Geographical region in South Africa between the Vaal and Limpopo rivers. Was a province until 1994.

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  • noun a province of northeastern South Africa originally inhabited by Africans who spoke Bantu; colonized by the Boers

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