The Great Trek / Die Groot Trek - South Africa 1835 - 1845
The Object of the Project is to give an account of the Great Trek, Identify participants and explore where they went.
In time a number of other projects can be created to explore in more detail different aspects of the subject. For example - the Battle of Bloodriver could be sub project.
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The Great Trek was a migration eastwards and north-westwards by Boers/farmers away from the Cape Colony which was controlled by the British. The key poarticipants were the Trekboers (farmers who had adopted a nomadic way of life, and had moved away from the south western Cape in search of grazing for their herds were known as the trekboers). and the Grensboere or border farmers. Collectively they were known as The Voortrekkers meaning pioneers.
Please add to this list in alphabetical order
- Charl (Sarel) Arnoldus Cilliers (1801-1871)
- Gerhardus (Gerrit) Marthinus Marritz (1798-1838)
- Mzilikazi (c.1790-1868)
- Andries Hendrik Potgieter (1792-1852)
- Andries Wilhelmus Jacobus Pretorius (1798-1853)
- Johannes Jacobus (Hans) van Rensburg (1779-
- Pieter Mauritz Retief (1780-1838)
- Dingane kaSenzangakhona (c. 1795-1840)
- Louis Tregardt (1783-1838)
- Pieter Uys (1797-1838)
Voortrekkerstamouers 1835-1845 (Afrikaans, second edition, 2011); J. C. Visagie; Protea Boekhuis, Pretoria; 752 pp.