n South African Journal of Cultural History - The British Army in Cape Colony : soldiers' letters and diaries, 1806-58, Peter B. Boyden (Ed.) : book review

Volume 16, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1011-3053



During the first (1795-1803) and second (1806-1910) British occupation of the Cape Colony, the British Army stationed troops in that colony, the numbers varying according to the conditions that prevailed at a particular time. From 1806 to 1858 (i.e. exactly the first half of the second British occupation which lasted for 104 years), five of the nine frontier wars were fought on the Eastern Cape frontier, viz the Fourth (1811-1812), Fifth (1818-1819), Sixth (1834-1835), Seventh (1846-1847) and Eighth (1850-1853) Frontier War. These wars were in due course overshadowed in nature and extent by the Anglo-Boer War of 1899 to 1902, albeit that the lastnamed conflict was primarily fought in Natal and in the two Boer republics - but it was also fought on Cape territory and caused serious problems in that colony.

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