Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Cecil Rhodes. Before he became Prime Minister, Cecil Rhodes had been at the head of the De Beers monopoly he helped to establish.
Late 1860's. They were found on the Vaal River.
South African Republic or Transvaal and Orange Free State. The Boers practiced an early form of apartheid, they segregated the black population but used them as labourers and even allies against some threatening black tribes like the Zulus.
December 1st 1838. In fact, the emancipation of the slaves happened in 1834 but they were given 4 years of apprenticeship by their previous masters who wished to 'prepare them for freedom'.
The superintendent of the London Missionary Society. Philip was a promoter of equal rights for the 'people of colour'.
|In 1795, the British occupied the Cape and controlled the sea route to the East. They lost the Cape to the Dutch during the Napoleonic wars. When did the British retake the Cape?||South Africa: The Early Years
1806. After 1806, the Cape Colony bacame an active part of the international trading empire created by Great Britain.
Asian slaves. Islam attracted the majority of the slaves and shaped the working class culture of the area.
Wine and wheat. The slave trade originated with the settlers's request for manpower to help them increase their production. The Dutch East India Company started to import slaves from East Africa, Madagascar and the East Indies.
|In 1652, the Dutch East India Company set up a station in Cape Town to provision passing ships. What was the name of this station?||South Africa: The Early Years
Table Bay. The Dutch East India Company was founded in 1602 by independent trading companies, its main purpose was to promote trade with Asia. Henry Hudson, the famous English explorer sailed under the flag of this company (1609).
|What Mozambican president was killed when the South African government supposedly shot his plane down on the Swaziland/Mozambique border?||South African History
Samora Machel. Samora Machel was the leader of the FRELIMO party in Mozambique, which came to power with independence in 1975.
SWAPO. SWAPO = South Western Africa People's Organization. It sought the independence of Namibia all the way from the 60's to the 90's.
The leader of the Inkatha Freedom Party. The Inkatha Freedom Party (basically Zulu) opposed the ANC government after the fall of apartheid.
|The South African government funded two major civil wars in Southern Africa during the Cold War; where did those two conflicts take place?||South African History
Angola and Mozambique. South Africa funded the RENAMO in Mozambique and the UNITA in Angola. Both of them were fighting against Soviet sponsored governments.
Frederik Willem de Klerk.
To work in the canefields of Natal. Natal, now known as Kwa-Zulu Natal, and the most populous of the country's nine provinces still has a large and important population of people of Indian descent.
Griquas. The Griquas were one of the first Black nations to gain a measure of independence from Dutch rule in the 19th century and in fact established their own state within a state. The capital was Kokstad.
Jan Smuts. More conservative South African politicians criticized Smuts for being an Anglophile and had opposed his decision to join the Allied forces in the Second World War.
1652. Van Riebeeck was an employee of the Dutch East India Company. The Dutch would eventually lose control of South Africa to the British.
Portugal. Barthlomeu Diaz landed in what is now known as Cape Town in the 15th century. However, it was Dutch explorers of the the 17th century and Enlish settlers of the 19th century who would eventually colonise South Africa.
Anglican. Tutu was the Archbishop of the Anglican Church when he received the Nobel Peace prize.
|What petroleum company used coal to create petrol, during the boycott of trade to South Africa?||History of South Africa
Sasol. Sasol changes coal, which South Africa has plenty of and turns it into petrol. The origins of the process go back to German efforts in the 1920s, but the process has become much more sophisticated and efficient.
8 January 1912. The ANC was founded on 8 January 1912 to create national unity and defend Africans' rights. Today the ANC holds office with more than 66,7 % of the seats in parliment.
Botha. General Louis Botha's Government took office on 31 May 1910 in the sunshine of Imperial approval, and dedicated to conciliation between Briton and Boer.
Pretoria. In 1855 the capital of modern South Africa was born. Starting of with just a few settlers, Pretoria has grown into a buzzing city of about one million inhabitants, plus about a further million forming Greater Pretoria or Tshwane.
6 September 1939. After some days of debate, the South African government decided to declare war on Nazi Germany on 6 September 1939. (Some Afrikaaners were keen to stay out of the war, and a few were openly pro-Nazi).
|At first the Cape Colony was struggling. What happened in the 1680s that strengthened the colony?||History of South Africa
French Huguenot refugees arrived. In 1652 the Dutch East India Company sent 80 colonists to the southern tip of Africa. Here they founded a trading post called Cape Town. At first the colony struggled, but in the 1680s it was strenghtened by the arrival of French Huguenot refugees.
Hector Peterson. The Soweto uprising in 1976 was caused due to the enforcement of the use of Afrikaans as the first language. Students and parents alike started to protest in the streets, starting many riots. During a clash with the police a stray bullet from a police officer's gun mortally wounded the young Hector Peterson. A picture of a guy carrying his body and his sister running alongside, is one of the most famous pictures in the history of South Africa.
|What was the name of the spear that Shaka Zulu designed to better the performance of his troops?||History of South Africa
Iklwa. The great Zulu warrior king, Shaka, was renowned for his military skills. He introduced new ideas to the Zulu army, such as employment on a regular basis, with discipline, drill, troop mobility, surprise tactics, and a new type of stabbing spear, the Iklwa. Nguni is a tribe, and Dial and Siphon are names.