The British government was concerned about possible disturbance of the peace in the eastern frontier of the Cape Colony
caused by fleeing Zulu people, and in May 1842 British forces defeated the Boers at the Battle of Khangela (Congella).
As one of the foremost historians of the pre-industrial Cape Colony
Ross has directed much of his work towards asserting the significance and influence of the pre-1870s period of Cape history for South African history in general.
Brown, "Irrigation: some thoughts on irrigation for Cape Colony
," AJCGH, 12 (3), 23 June 1898, 771 and T.
But when Charles Cox wrote home that `I saw the first shot fired yesterday', he was writing from another theatre of war, the Colesberg district of Cape Colony
, and he was referring not to a battle against the Boers but to an encounter with a handful of British subjects that took place a day before Belmont, an encounter that was more an act of policing than soldiering.
Moreover, in South Africa there was a multiplicity of interests to be considered in the prosecution of the war: both Cape Colony
and Natal were self-governing colonies within the Empire; Milner was not merely High Commissioner for South Africa but he was also Governor of the Cape; Joe Chamberlain was Britain's Colonial Secretary, but Lord Salisbury was Prime Minister, and Brodrick succeeded Lord Landsdowne as Secretary of State for War in 1900.
Most importantly, locals tried to use Christianity (and missionaries) to gain power for themselves and to broker trade relations with the Cape Colony
Elizabeth Elbourne considers multiple meanings of"liberty," which preoccupied the educated Khoi who faced the servants' laws that had been enacted by their masters in the eastern Cape Colony
Thus, while Maynard Swanson can trace at a local level the relationship between social segregation and the detailed health regulations of the Cape Colony
, for the same period (the first decade of this century) Martin Legassick can discuss on a much `grander' scale the impact of British imperialism and capitalism.
28, 1880, Worcester, Cape Colony
[now in South Africa] --d.
Beginning with his arrival in Cape Town and a description of the history of colonial South Africa, the volume goes on to describe his travels in Western Province and Natal, along the way discussing the education of aboriginal South Africans and the general condition of the Cape Colony
and its economy.
The state-led opening of an underground water frontier in the arid (Karoo) interior of the Cape Colony
in the two decades after 1890 brought this issue into sharp focus.
When, about December 1900, the commandos were sent into Cape Colony
to draw off British forces from the beleaguered republics, foment rebellion and seek recruits from among the Cape Dutch, the British columns sought the highly mobile enemy, and the tracks of their movements resemble naval manoeuvres across the sea of grass which is the veldt.
During an extraordinary career he almost single-handedly organised medical care in the Cape Colony
during the first half of the 19th century; had dealings with the staff and at least one relative of the exiled Napoleon; and gave Florence Nightingale the most blistering dressing down of her career.
In December 1876, he arrived as a young man by horse-cart in Grahamstown, a trading and farming centre on the eastern frontier of the Cape Colony
He states that the present volume is intended to rectify past omissions by showing that slavery played a central role in southern African history, that it was not limited to the Cape Colony
from 1652 to the 1830s, and that it was an established feature of Boer society.