South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 1

From the Foundation of Cape Colony to the Boer Ultimatum of 9th Oct. 1899

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Author: Louis Creswicke
Published: 1900
Language: English
Wordcount: 90,939 / 279 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 54.7
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 668
Added to site: 2007.12.04
mnybks.net#: 19244
Genres: War, History

In writing this volume my aim has been to present an unvarnished tale of the circumstances--extending over nearly half a century--which have brought about the present crisis in South Africa. Consequently, it has been necessary to collate the opinions of the best authorities on the subject. My acknowledgments are due to the distinguished authors herein quoted for much valuable information, throwing light on the complications that have been accumulating so long, and that owe their origin to political blundering and cosmopolitan scheming rather than to the racial antagonism between Briton and Boer.

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adually internal dissensions among the settlers resulted in absolute revolt. Meanwhile the Dutch in Europe had lost their political prestige, and the country was overrun by a Prussian army commissioned to support the House of Orange. In 1793, in a war against allied England and Holland, France gained the day, and a Republic was set up under French protection, thereby rendering Holland and her colonies of necessity antagonistic to Great Britain. After this the fortunes of the Cape were fluctuating. In 1795 Admiral Elphinstone and General Craig brought about the surrender of the colony to Great Britain. Later on it was returned to the Batavian Republic at the Peace of Amiens, only to be afterwards recaptured by Sir David Baird in 1806. Finally, in 1814, our claim to the Cape and other Dutch colonies was recognised on payment of the sum of £6,000,000 sterling.

Now for the first time began the real emigration of the British. They settled at Bathurst, near Algoa Bay, but though their numbers gradually

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