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 Post subject: The First Anglo-boer war 1880-81
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The First Anglo-boer war 1880-81

The first Anglo-Boer War was the only war lost by the British Empire during the 19 th Century. In each of the four battles of this First War of Independence for the Transvaal, the Boers decisively defeated the British Army: at Bronkhorstspruit 20 December 1880, Laing’s Nek 28 January 1881, Ingogo (Skuinshoofte), 8 February 1881 and Majuba 27 February 1881.

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However, when the British began to tax the Boers, resistance developed. Paul Kruger, who as a young boy of 11 years old had taken part in the Battle of Vegkop against the Matebele, was the dynamic force behind the struggle for the independence of the Transvaal. Numerous protest meetings and diplomatic attempts by the Boers were ignored by the British. When an ex-president of the Transvaal, M.W. Pretorius, approached the British High Commissioner, Sir Garnet Wolseley, in Pretoria, he was immediately jailed.

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The spark that began the first Anglo-Boer War was over taxation. A farmer, Pieter Bezuidenhout, was summoned to pay £14 tax. When he refused to pay, the magistrate ordered the seizure and sale of his wagon by public auction. On 11 November 1880 a party of 100 Boers stopped the auction and forcibly returned the wagon to its owner.

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More photos on the website at http://www.victorian-steel.com click the tab to gallery to view over a thousand pictures on many periods, Grimsby number one gaming spot.

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 Post subject: Re: The First Anglo-boer war 1880-81
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They would never have won if they hadn't cheated by refusing to gather together in a mob and charge straight at the British firing lines, like proper colonial opponents.


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 Post subject: Re: The First Anglo-boer war 1880-81
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The photo at the top is generally consdiered to be from the 2nd Boer war; some of the rifles look like the 1895 Mauser?

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 Post subject: Re: The First Anglo-boer war 1880-81
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Thanks for the comments guys, yea you are right about the black and white photo, but it adds a bit of spice to the period.

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