The Great Boer War By Arthur Conan Doyle












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For a hundred more years the history of the colony was a record of
the gradual spreading of the Afrikaners - Page 6
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For A Hundred More Years The History Of The Colony Was A Record Of The Gradual Spreading Of The Afrikaners Over The Huge Expanse Of Veld Which Lay To The North Of Them.

Cattle raising became an industry, but in a country where six acres can hardly support a sheep, large farms are necessary for even small herds.

Six thousand acres was the usual size, and five pounds a year the rent payable to Government. The diseases which follow the white man had in Africa, as in America and Australia, been fatal to the natives, and an epidemic of smallpox cleared the country for the newcomers. Further and further north they pushed, founding little towns here and there, such as Graaf-Reinet and Swellendam, where a Dutch Reformed Church and a store for the sale of the bare necessaries of life formed a nucleus for a few scattered dwellings. Already the settlers were showing that independence of control and that detachment from Europe which has been their most prominent characteristic. Even the sway of the Dutch Company (an older but weaker brother of John Company in India) had caused them to revolt. The local rising, however, was hardly noticed in the universal cataclysm which followed the French Revolution. After twenty years, during which the world was shaken by the Titanic struggle between England and France in the final counting up of the game and paying of the stakes, the Cape Colony was added in 1814 to the British Empire.

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