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Trek, Great

(trĕk), the journey by Afrikaner farmers (BoersBoer
[Du.,=farmer], inhabitant of South Africa of Dutch or French Huguenot descent. Boers are also known as Afrikaners. They first settled (1652) near the Cape of Good Hope in what was formerly Cape Province.
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) who left the Cape Colony to escape British domination and eventually founded Natal, Transvaal, and the Orange Free State. Trek is an Afrikaans term, originally meaning a journey by ox wagon. In this most famous trek, 12,000 Boers left the Cape between 1835 and 1843. The Voortrekkers (as these Boers are known) migrated beyond the Orange River. After defeating resident Africans, most remained in the highveld of the interior, forming isolated communities and small states.


See E. Walker, The Great Trek (5th ed. 1965).

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, the journey by Afrikaner farmers (Boers) who left the Cape Colony to escape British domination and eventually founded Natal, Transvaal, and the Orange Free State. Trek is an Afrikaans term, originally meaning a journey by ox wagon.
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In her absence, Cambridge University Press has failed to maintain fastidious standards: the proofreading is, at best, haphazard, so that, to give only the most humorous of too many examples, a Great Trek leader has mutated from Louis to 'Louise' Tregardt, and Kas Maine has become the 'biographer' of Charles van Onselen (pp.
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