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n Historia - "Spoiling his paint" : a chronicle of Anglo-Boer Naval clashes, 1901-1902

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Abstract


In hierdie artikel word die algemene historiese foute oor die aantal skermutselinge tussen Britse oorlogskepe en Boere-kommando's en die invloed van die seemag op die Anglo-Boereoorlog bespreek. Die "burgeroorlog"-aspekte van die konflik in die Kaapkolonie (1901-1902) word behandel en die seeskermutselinge word in die konteks van die ras- en klasstryd in noordwes Kaapland geplaas. Die ontplooiing van vlooteenhede om die Boere-aanvalle te keer, is bespreek en 'n chronologie van die werklike insidente word beskryf. Daar word ook gepoog om die verskillende skepe en kommando-eenhede en leiers betrokke by elke insident te identifiseer. Die aksies is in hul bree historiese konteks geplaas en tentatiewe historiografiese gevolgtrekkinge word gemaak.

The widespread historical errors concerning the number of skirmishes between British warships and Boer commandos and the influence of sea power on the course of the Anglo-Boer War are examined. The "civil war" aspect of the conflict in the Cape Colony in 1901-1902 is discussed and the naval skirmishes are situated in the context of the racial and class strife in the north-western Cape. The deployment of naval units to counteract the Boer raids on the Cape Colony is discussed and a chronology of the actual incidents is constructed. An attempt is also made to identify the various ships and commando units involved in each incident. The actions are placed in their broader historical context and tentative historiographical conclusions are drawn.

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1992-05-01
2016-12-04
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