::Great Trek


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A map charting the routes of the largest trekking parties during the first wave of the Great Trek (1835-1840) along with key battles and events. It marks the routes taken by Louis Tregardt     , Janse van Rensburg     , Hendrik Potgieter     , Gerrit Maritz     , Piet Retief     , and Piet Uys     .

The Great Trek (Afrikaans: Die Groot Trek{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}; ) was an eastward and north-eastward emigration away from British control in the Cape Colony during the 1830s and 1840s by Boers (Dutch/Afrikaans for "farmers"). The migrants were descended from settlers from western mainland Europe, most notably from the Netherlands, north-west Germany and French Huguenots. The Great Trek itself led to the founding of numerous Boer republics, the Natalia Republic, the Orange Free State and the Transvaal being the most notable.

Great Trek sections
Intro   Background    Exploratory trek    First wave    Impact   In fiction   See also   References  

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