n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Hopeful beginning - abrupt ending : the mission attempt of the Berlin Mission Society amongst the Bakopa




The history of the Bakopa ethnic group and of the missionary work among them by the Berlin Mission Society has not yet been adequately researched. This article explores the history of the Gerlachshoop mission station and the work of two Berlin missionaries, Merensky and Grützner, in relation to the Bakopa community and their chief Boleu. The political history of the Boer administration at Lydenburg and its relationship to African chiefs like Boleu and Mapoch is sketched, as the background of the sudden demise of the mission due to a Boer-inspired attack by an army of Swazi warriors.


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