scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 378
The Boer War 1 What was the Boer War about The Boer war was the South African Republic Transvaal and the Orange Free State against Great Britain It began with the acquisition in 1814 of the Cape of Good Hope Great Britain gradually increased its territorial possessions in South Africa and by the late 19th century it held Natal Basutoland Swaziland Rhodesia Bechuanaland and other Bantu lands The Boers Dutch already settled in some of these areas strongly resented British incursions Resentment was especially marked in the Transvaal headed by the strongly anti-British Paul Kruger which had actually been annexed 1877-81 to Great Britain Anti-British sentiment was further inflamed after the discovery 1886 of gold in the Witwatersrand it brought a great influx of prospectors mainly British into the Transvaal Soon almost all the newly established mines as well as much of the commerce passed into British hands The Boer government to protect itself from the growing number of foreigners denied these Uitlanders foreigners citizenship and taxed them heavily despite British objections In 1895 the Jameson raid which Transvaalers considered an officially sponsored plot to seize their country aggravated the situation and in 1896 the Transvaal and the Orange Free State formed a military alliance to protect their independence 2 Why was the war described as barbaric The war was mainly described as barbaric when Kitchener realized that final victory lay only in the systematic destruction of the guerrilla units Boer women and children were then herded into concentration camps and chains of blockhouses were erected that cut off large areas Thousands died in the camps as a result of poor hygiene and malnutrition 3 When was peace reached Treaty of Vereeniging May 31 1902 ended hostilities 4 What were the consequences of the war The Boers accepted British sovereignty in exchange for a promise of responsible government in the near future Great Britain agreed to grant a
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA