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Great Trek (1835-1840)

The Great Trek (Afrikaans: Die Groot Trek; Dutch: De Grote Trek) was an eastward migration of Dutch-speaking settlers who travelled by wagon trains from the Cape Colony into the interior of modern South Africa from 1836 onwards, seeking to live beyond the Cape’s British colonial administration. The Great Trek resulted from the culmination of tensions between rural descendants of the Cape's original European settlers, known collectively as Boers, and the British Empire. It was also reflective of an increasingly common trend among individual Boer communities to pursue an isolationist and semi-nomadic lifestyle away from the developing administrative complexities in Cape Town. Boers who took part in the Great Trek identified themselves as voortrekkers, meaning "pioneers", "pathfinders" (literally "fore-trekkers") in Dutch and Afrikaans.

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The Great Trek Uncut : Escape from British Rule: The Boer Exodus from the Cape Colony 1836
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The Great Trek Uncut

Escape from British Rule: The Boer Exodus from the Cape Colony 1836

Robin Binckes

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The Zulu Kingdom and the Boer Invasion of 1837-1840

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John Laband

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