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Fenders Of Space: Kgatla Territorial Expansion Under Boer And British Rule, 1840–1920

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Under dikgosi (chiefs, kings) Pilane (d. 1848), Kgamanyane (1849-1875) and Linchwe (1875-1924), the Kgatla became a large, expanding, armed, social group that numbered into the thousands, improving their lot when most other Africans were losing ground. The Kgatla reflect the experience many of the small African groups in the western Transvaal had with local Boers, missionaries, and officials of the South African Republic (Zuid Afrikaansche Republiek, or ZAR) and illustrate that relations between Africans and the ZAR government often involved collaboration and diplomatic manoeuvering, as well as confrontation. The Kgatla case represents the ability of an indigenous people to adapt their pre-colonial strategy to the demands of the colonial era.

Keywords: Boers of Rustenburg district; colonial era; dikgosi; Kgamanyane; Kgatla territorial expansion; Linchwe; Pilane; Potgieter; Zuid Afrikaansche Republiek (ZAR)



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