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…
The Guns of the Boer Commandos
Superior Boer marksmanship and Mauser rifles exacted a high price from the British during the Second Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1902. But the Boers used other arms as well—everything from single-shots to "Long" Lee-Enfields.