Boers in Angola 1928 - 1975
By Nicol Stassen
Protea Boekhuis, 2012
Nicol Stassen devotes, among others, an entire chapter to the gripping story of the Dorsland (Thirstland) Trekkers and their adventures. During these Angola Boers' stay in Angola there was little chance of farming and far too many problems: a problematic relationship with the Portuguese authorities, while inadequate economic and educational opportunities, and the resulting poverty, sometimes led to shocking decay. In 1928 about 2000 Angola Boers were repatriated to South-West Africa.
The community of 386-471 Afrikaners who remained in Angola after 1928 were left to oblivion, and were later described as a "living fossil" and victims of their own conservatism. Some did attempt to make a living of mixed farming, transport riding and hunting – decades after this lifestyle had died out elsewhere. This small group of Afrikaners maintained their "Afrikanerskap" under very difficult circumstances.
After civil war broke out in Angola in 1975 the last Afrikaners fled Angola, and so the bond between the Angola Boers and Angola came to an end after almost a century. Their interesting and colourful lives are described, and the possibility that wanderlust was the reason for their peregrinations is examined.