oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - The Bakopa of Boleu and the missionaries from Berlin: The brief existence of Gerlachshoop, first mission station of the Berlin Missionary Society in the ZAR

Volume 32, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



This article aims to tell the story of Gerlachshoop and Thabantsho, primarily based on contemporary articles in the Berliner Missionsberichte. The existence of Gerlachshoop, the Berlin Missionary Society's first mission station north of the Vaal River, was very brief. Founded during 1860, the reason for its existence, to do missionary work among the Bakopa of Boleu, died with the majority of the Bakopa people in a combined Swazi-Boer attack on May 10, 1864.

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