The Queen and The Boer President

I Are a Dutchman

Looking around for traces of Afrikanerdom in Dutch society I stumbled upon an interesting trend in Dutch cities. Quite a number of them have a neighbourhood that carry Afrikaner street-names and are generally called Transvaalbuurt/Transvaalkwartier. It’s rather amusing to find a Paul Kruger Street in Amsterdam, and even a Spionkopstraat in Haarlem, but when you look at the history and support given to the Boere during the Second Boer War, it becomes more understandable.

After the annexing of the Cape Colony by the British, there were already some blistered feelings between the Dutch and British. This was also just after the rise of Napoleon, with the Netherlands under control of France. The general discontent with British rule in the Cape was felt by both the Dutch and the Afrikaner who, through a great exodus called the Groot Trek, eventually established the independent Afrikaner Republics of the Transvaalthe…

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