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The word "Blyde" means 'happy' or 'glad' in Dutch. It was named by Hendrik Potgieter in 1844 on behalf of the Voortrekkers. They were moving up North and East to find new grazing and farming land. The British had taken over the Cape, therefore, the Voortrekker crossing of the Orange River to live beyond the borders of the British Rule.
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The Boers Probe the Hinterland - Hendrik Potgieter decided it was time for action. He decided it was time to pack wagons, sell farms and write letters to family. The Great Trek was to start with just a few families moving out on their own. Before this was to happen, Potgieter decided to send out 2 parties whose job it was to scout for suitable land and make contact with the Portuguese in Delagoa Bay or Inhambane. Commanding the 2 parties were Johannes van Rensburg and Louis Trichardt.