An illustration of Boers engaging British forces during the Boer War (1899-1902).

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Boer War Memorial, Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa  -  Travel Photos by Galen R Frysinger, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

memorial to the women Paul Kruger and the President Martinus Theunis Steyn of the Orange Free State Boer War Memorial, Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa

The Voortrekker Monument: Dolos, koeksisters & SA pride - The monument, designed “…to stand for 1000 years …” was inaugurated on December 16 1949 to honour the less than 500 pioneers who held off an attack by 10000 of King Dingane’s warriors in 1838. It became known as the Battle of Blood River & December 16 the Day of the Vow (now Reconciliation Day) because the Voortrekkers promised God that should they be victorious, they would observe the day as one of thanksgiving.

The Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria, South Africa: Little House on the Prairie meets colonial violence meets monumental fascist-esque architecture. Very special to the Afrikaner people

Battle of Blood River Monument by henrileriche, via Flickr

Battle of Blood River Monument from Dundee, Kwa Zulu Nàtal, South Africa…

Voortrekkers: In 1836, the Voortrekkers set off northwards into unknown country.

Voortrekkers: In the Voortrekkers set off northwards into unknown country.

Die Trekkers – onbewus daarvan dat hulle van die oewers van die Tugela bespied word – het met hulle dagtake voortgegaan. Eenuur die oggend van 17 Februarie het 10 000 Zoeloes op die Voortrekkers toegesak. Dit was donkermaan en die Trekkers het eers besef wat aangaan toe die Zoeloes tussen hulle was. Die voorste Trekkers is almal uitgemoor.

Die Trekkers – onbewus daarvan dat hulle van die oewers van die Tugela bespied word – het met hulle dagtake voortgegaan. Eenuur die oggend van 17 Februarie het 10 000 Zoeloes op die Voortrekkers toegesak. Dit was donkermaan en die Trekkers het eers besef wat aangaan toe die Zoeloes tussen hulle was. Die voorste Trekkers is almal uitgemoor.

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