oa South African Journal of Cultural History - Vrae oor die eerste Potchefstroom, 1839-8141
Very little is known about the first Potchefstroom. The primary function of the town was to act as seat for A.H. Potgieter's semi-independent government and to provide smallholdings for his impoverished followers. Throughout its brief existence the town was organically undeveloped and had little resemblance to a town. An indication of its appearance is its being likened to contemporary Klerksdorp. In a surviving compilation of farm registers references are made to occupants of erven of the town. The original Potchefstroom was a temporary settlement in anticipation of a move to the Eastern Transvaal. Potgieter's reconciliation with the Volksraad, however, induced him to remain in the Western Transvaal. By that time it had become impracticable and undesirable to settle the first town permanently, and a new one, the present Potchefstroom, was laid out.
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