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Confronted With The Facts: Why The Boer Delegates At Vereeniging Accepted A Humiliating Peace To End The South African War, 31 May 1902

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The peace treaty of Vereeniging, signed 31 May 1902 by representatives of the two Boer Republics and Great Britain, ended the South African War (Anglo-Boer War) that had been waging over the veldt for two years and eight months. At the meetings of the Free State commandos- who gathered at the end of April and early May to choose delegates for the impending deliberations-"a voice as of thunder" was given for retaining independence. The Boer governments, assisted by Generals Louis Botha, Christiaan de Wet, and Koos de la Rey, would meet at Klerksdorp in the Western Transvaal to discuss the Dutch offer and the larger issue of peace. The suffering and deaths of Boer women and children in concentration camps was yet another reason for the Boer leaders to settle for peace.

Keywords: Boer government; Dutch; Great Britain; South African War; Vereeniging



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