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  • n. Plural form of Voortrekker.


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  • Battle of Blood River, where about 450 "Voortrekkers" armed with muskets and small cannon defeated about 3,000 spear-wielding Zulu warriors in 1838.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The Hindustan Times story says:Pretoria was named after Andries Pretorius, who settled here with the so-called "Voortrekkers" front trekkers a vanguard of Boers who left the Cape colony with ox-wagons in the 1830s and the second group to live in the area. TSHWANE AND BAILE NA NGALL.

  • "The northward march of the Voortrekkers was a gigantic plundering raid.

    Chapter X

  • The Voortrekkers -- Dutch-descended semi-nomadic herdsmen opposed to British control -- established their stronghold in Free State in the 1800's.

    Annelle Sheline: Race Politics in Free State

  • Sadly, for many of us, they, and other landmarks we passed on our road to the new, are but elements of a dim recollection of a past that is dwarfed by the giant heritage of today's democratic society, towards whose birth the "new Voortrekkers" made their own, and not insignificant contribution.

    Response to the debate on the State of The Nation Address

  • He also walked 120 miles to warn the Voortrekkers of imminent peril from the Zulus.

    Rainbow’s End

  • That was when Miss North was talking about the Boer pioneers, the Voortrekkers, who in 1835 undertook the Great Trek, a mass migration to escape the rule of the British-controlled Cape Colony.

    Rainbow’s End

  • They negotiated areas of settlement with Dingane, king of the Zulus, who later double-crossed them, sending ten thousand impis to attack four hun dred of them in the Battle of Blood River, a battle from which the Voortrekkers emerged victorious.

    Rainbow’s End

  • A note at the bottom of President Pretorius statue claims 1855 as the date the Voortrekkers founded the city and named it.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The Voortrekkers (front trekkers) were a vanguard of Boers who trekked out of the Cape Colony with ox-wagons in the 1830s to set up an ind The first were Nguni-speakers, known as the Ndebele, who named the area after one of their chiefs, called "Tshwane" which means "Little Ape".

    ANC Daily News Briefing


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