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The Thirstland Trek, 1874-1881 9781485300366

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The Thirstland Trek, 1874-1881

Nicol Stassen

ISBN 9781485300366

Protea Boekhuis, December 2016

BACKGROUND
During the late nineteenth century a number of organised treks left the Transvaal. The first of these left the ZAR in May 1874. Seven years later, in January 1881, after the amalgamation of the first three treks, they settled at Humpata on the Hufla highlands in the Portuguese colony of Angola. From 1892 to 1894 three further major treks followed. After the last major trek in 1907 the Portuguese government prohibited further treks. In 1928 about 2000 Angola Boers were repatriated to South-West Africa, while 380‒470 remained in Angola. These treks were complex phenomena as a result of economic, religious and political factors. Initially, resistance to the "irreligious" and "liberal" government of T.F. Burgers were the most important reasons for the trek. New labour legislation, political uncertainty, internal dissent in the Transvaal and economic factors also contributed to the dissatisfaction. Lack of sufficient farming land, population pressure, poverty, misgivings about new taxes and the search for new hunting grounds probably played a minor role. Dread of modernisation and British imperialism, the introduction of intensive farming, gold fever, drought or natural disasters and the "trekking spirit" or "trek fever" probably played no role at all.

“With the publication of Afrikaners in Angola, 1928‒1975 and its English edition, The Boers in Angola, 1928‒1975, Nicol Stassen established himself as one of the leading historians in South Africa.” – Prof. O.J.O. Ferreira, Department of Historical and Heritage Studies, University of Pretoria

“This is narrative nonfiction at its best.” – Prof. Fransjohan Pretorius, Department of Historical and Heritage Studies, University of Pretoria

“This authoritative book, with a profusion of new information and coherent arguments, opens new avenues of discussion on the Thirstland Trek and the people who participated in it.” – Prof. Christo van Rensburg, LitNet.

“Stassen’s latest book is the most comprehensive publication as yet on the traumatic but poignant Thirstland Trek.” – Prof. André Wessels, Beeld.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nicol Stassen has a bachelor's degree in Languages, a master's degree in Chemical Engineering and a doctorate in History. He is a research fellow at the University of Pretoria. His previous publications include William Chapman: Reminiscenses (2010) and The Boers in Angola, 1928‒1975 (2011).

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