Mural at Voortrekker Monument, Pretoria. The Battle of Blood River - Die Slag van Bloedrivier

Mural at Voortrekker Monument, Pretoria. The Battle of Blood River - Die Slag van Bloedrivier

The Battle of Blood River - The Boer picked off the Zulu warriors lining the banks of the river that ran red with their blood - hence the name Blood River.  An estimated 3000 Zulu warriors were killed on the veld, in the donga and in the river. Not a single Boer was killed. The Zulus were no match against a strong Boer defensive position. In the ultimate of ironies, on that very day, the British had run up the Union Jack in Durban. The Voortrekkers' greatest enemy had arrived.

The Battle of Blood River - The Boer picked off the Zulu warriors lining the banks of the river that ran red with their blood - hence the name Blood River. An estimated 3000 Zulu warriors were killed on the veld, in the donga and in the river. Not a single Boer was killed. The Zulus were no match against a strong Boer defensive position. In the ultimate of ironies, on that very day, the British had run up the Union Jack in Durban. The Voortrekkers' greatest enemy had arrived.

The Bloukrans Massacre. The Voortrekkers at the foot of the Drakensberg had no knowledge of the events of 6th Febr. 1838 (Retief's death). The settlers in Durban knew before the Voortrekkers. One settler was sent to inform them but was shot dead mistakenly by a trekker. Another was dispatched from the port on foot but arrived too late. On that moonless night of 16th Febr. 1838, mainly women and children occupied the camps. By morning, 500 were dead (including 56 women & 185 children).

Voortrekkers Great Trek - the laagers are attacked by the Zulu army of Dingane

Map of South Africa since 1815: The Kaffir and Boer Wars

Several people made comments on the recent Conan Doyle post regarding the Boer War, so the conflict was on my mind. If you're not famil.

Artist's impression of the Battle of Blood River, in which the Boers won victory over the Zulus in recompense for the massacre of Piet Retief and company.

In 1838 the Battle of Blood River, so called due to the color of water in the Ncome River turning red from blood, was fought between 470 Voortrekkers (European colonizers) led by Andries Pretorius, and an estimated Zulu

This is a drawing of the Battle of Blood River. It occurred on Dec. 1838 and it was between the indigenous Africans and the Boers. It got its name because there were so many Africans that were slaughtered, that the river nearby turned red.

Origins of the Battle of Blood River 1838 | South African History Online

Origins of the Battle of Blood River 1838

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