SA History




General South African History Timeline: 1600s

European’s settle in South Africa for the first time and begin to further colonize and trade with the Khoikhoi at the cape, by the middle this century the first Khoikhoi-Dutch war is fought and slavery…




German influence on Boer-Afrikaner people

After in the first post of these series we had explain the influence of French Huguenot people in the Boer-Afrikaner culture in this post we will explain the influence of another people that influenced a…


Difaqane / Mfecane Wars – 1818-1835

This period of revolutionary change–known as the mfecane (“Crushing” or “hammering”) by the Zulu and the difaqane (“The Crushing”) by the Sotho–is also often referred to as “the time of troubles”. The Difaqane/Mfecane was a…


The Zulu kingdom and the colony of Natal

Indentured Indians arriving in Colonial Natal. Image source: www.scnc.ukzn.ac.za The need for a controlled labour force: Indentured Labourers   South Africans of Indian origin comprise a diverse community distinguished by different origins, languages, and religious…


Co-Operation and Conflict on the Highveld

Moshoeshoe moves to Thaba Bosiu The 1820s and 1830s were a time of great upheaval. There were many wars about land which caused thousands of people to flee to other parts of the country. For…