oa Historia - Louis Tregardt se plaas in Gcalekaland

Volume 32, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0018-229X



Louis Tregardt's farm in Gcalekaland. Before finally striking out for the far north-east, the Voortrekker leader Louis Tregardt spent about a year (1834- 1835) in Gcalekaland, outside the Cape Colony. Until now, historians have been unable to pinpoint precisely where Tregardt and other Afrikaner frontier farmers actually lived. On the evidence inter alia of place names in the present Transkei and of a hitherto unconsidered sketch map, this article purports to establish that Tregardt and at least a number of other families were living in an area some 30 to 40 km long and about 5 km wide between the Tsakana and Ndwana Rivers, along the eastern banks of the Indwe.

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