This Day in History: May 31, 1902: The Boer War ends
In Pretoria, representatives of Great Britain and the Boer states sign the Treaty of Vereeniging, officially ending the three-and-a-half-year South African Boer War. The Boers, also known as Afrikaners, were the descendants of the original Dutch settlers of southern Africa. Britain took possession of the Dutch Cape colony in 1806 during the Napoleonic wars, sparking resistance from the independence-minded Boers, who resented the Anglicization of South Africa and Britain's anti-slavery…
A Crowd of 175,000..
...sitting in amphitheater and spread out up hillside topped by huge stone monument to the Voortrekkers, the 19th century Dutch who settled Cape Town, during huge celebration in Pretoria, in honour of their country's pioneers. December 1949 Photo: Margaret Bourke-White