oa South African Journal of Cultural History - Sportontwikkeling onder Boerekrygsgevangenes tydens die Anglo-Boereoorlog (1899-1902)



The average present-day Afrikaner sees himself as a keen supporter of sport and claims rugby to be part of his own culture, However, the popular sports of today were not initially pan of the Afrikaner culture, One of the findings of a comprehensive investigation into sport and games amongst the Boer prisoners-of-war during the Anglo-Boer War is that the Afrikaner learnt about these activities only during his time in the camps of St. Helena, the Bermuda Islands, Ceylon/Sri Lanka and India. Before the war, sports activities in the Boer Republics were limited to the cities and mines. Not only did the British military play an important role in furthering sport amongst the Boers, but the large number of foreign mercenaries who fought on the side of the Boers and were kept prisoner with them, did likewise. The large number of rural Afrikaners who learnt and mastered these activities in the camps spread their knowledge after the war.


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