oa Historia - Minder bekende Voortrekkerleiers

Volume 35, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0018-229X



Less well-known Voortrekker leaders. This study shows that apart from the eight or so ""notable"" figures who led groups of Voortrekkers from the Cape Colony in the years 1835 to 1842, numerous other, ""less well-known"", ones also led groups. Of the latter leaders, virtually all are now unknown and most of us are not even aware of their having acted as trek leaders. Of these ""minor leaders"", twenty-one are discussed briefly, and in each case reasons are given why he should in fact be regarded as a Voortrekker leader. Genealogical data are provided for each leader, as well as further information (if available) on, for example, the district and ward where that person lived in the Cape Colony, any public offices held by him in the Colony, the size of his party, the date of their departure, their routes, and his subsequent influence as a leader. It is also argued that a few of these so-called minor leaders were in fact more influential and better qualified for their role than some of the well-known ones.

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