The Voortrekker Monument is a monument in the city of Pretoria, South Africa. The massive granite structure, built to honour the Voortrekkers who left the Cape Colony between 1835 and 1854, was designed by the architect Gerard Moerdijk who had the idea to design a "monument that would stand a thousand years to describe the history and the meaning of the Great Trek to its descendants". It can be seen from almost any location in the city, as it is seated on a hilltop.

The Voortrekker Monument is a monument in the city of Pretoria, South Africa. The massive granite structure, built to honour the Voortrekkers who left the Cape Colony between 1835 and 1854, was designed by the architect Gerard Moerdijk who had the idea to design a "monument that would stand a thousand years to describe the history and the meaning of the Great Trek to its descendants". It can be seen from almost any location in the city, as it is seated on a hilltop.

Die monument het die name van 5 Voortrekker leiers: Piet Uys, Andries Hendrik Potgieter, Andries Pretorius, Piet Retief and Gerrit Maritz. Die lengte van elke pilaar is verteenwoordigend van hoe ver elke leier getrek het en op 16 Desember word 'n Christelike boodskap op die voet van die monument verlig deur die beweging van die son en ter herdenking van die slag van Bloedrivier.

Die monument het die name van 5 Voortrekker leiers: Piet Uys, Andries Hendrik Potgieter, Andries Pretorius, Piet Retief and Gerrit Maritz. Die lengte van elke pilaar is verteenwoordigend van hoe ver elke leier getrek het en op 16 Desember word 'n Christelike boodskap op die voet van die monument verlig deur die beweging van die son en ter herdenking van die slag van Bloedrivier.

Sarel Cilliers was a Voortrekker leader and a preacher. With Andries Pretorius, he led the Boers to a huge victory over the Zulus at the Battle of Blood River in 1838. In particular, Cilliers lead the Voortrekkers in a vow which promised that if God would protect them and deliver the enemy into their hands, they would build a church and commemorate the day of their victory as if it were an annual Sabbath day, which their descendants would also be instructed to honour on every 16/12.

Sarel Cilliers was a Voortrekker leader and a preacher. With Andries Pretorius, he led the Boers to a huge victory over the Zulus at the Battle of Blood River in 1838. In particular, Cilliers lead the Voortrekkers in a vow which promised that if God would protect them and deliver the enemy into their hands, they would build a church and commemorate the day of their victory as if it were an annual Sabbath day, which their descendants would also be instructed to honour on every 16/12.

Women of the Great Trek - South Africa 1835 - 1845 Die Groot Trek / The Great Trek - Battle of Vegkop Die Groot Trek / The Great Trek - Attack on Mosega Die Groot Trek / The Great Trek na Soutpansberg Die Groot Trek / The Great Trek Battle of Bloodriver / Geveg van Bloedrivier - Retief's Party Battle of Blood River / Slag van Bloedrivier Voortrekkers van Suid Afrika Voortrekker Roetes en Kaarte/Great Trek Routes and Maps CUZZIN - Profile Image Library

Women of the Great Trek - South Africa 1835 - 1845 Die Groot Trek / The Great Trek - Battle of Vegkop Die Groot Trek / The Great Trek - Attack on Mosega Die Groot Trek / The Great Trek na Soutpansberg Die Groot Trek / The Great Trek Battle of Bloodriver / Geveg van Bloedrivier - Retief's Party Battle of Blood River / Slag van Bloedrivier Voortrekkers van Suid Afrika Voortrekker Roetes en Kaarte/Great Trek Routes and Maps CUZZIN - Profile Image Library

A historical monument honouring the pioneers of the Groot Trek - in Middelburg at Van Blerk Park. Mpumalanga, South Africa. Photo: Mariaan M Krog.

A historical monument honouring the pioneers of the Groot Trek - in Middelburg at Van Blerk Park. Mpumalanga, South Africa. Photo: Mariaan M Krog.

Great Trek 1835-1846-Threatened by the 'liberalism' of the new colonial administration, insecure about conflict on the eastern frontier and 'squeezed out' by their own burgeoning population, the Voortrekkers hoped to restore economic, cultural and political unity independent of British power. The only way they saw open to them was to leave the colony. In the decade following 1835, thousands migrated into the interior, organised in a number of trek parties under various leaders.

Great Trek 1835-1846-Threatened by the 'liberalism' of the new colonial administration, insecure about conflict on the eastern frontier and 'squeezed out' by their own burgeoning population, the Voortrekkers hoped to restore economic, cultural and political unity independent of British power. The only way they saw open to them was to leave the colony. In the decade following 1835, thousands migrated into the interior, organised in a number of trek parties under various leaders.

Voortrekkers: The Great Trek: danger around every corner.

Voortrekkers: The Great Trek: danger around every corner.

British colonisation in Africa DIE GROOT TREK

British colonisation in Africa DIE GROOT TREK

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