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Great Trek battlefields
Battle of Vegkop
Battle of Blood River
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Boer Wars
First Boer War
Anglo Boer War

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Zulu Wars

Anglo Zulu War
Battle of Isandlwana
Battle of Rourke's Drift
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The Great Trek
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The Great Trek was an eastward and north-eastward migration of Boers (Dutch/Afrikaans famers) away from British rule in the Cape Colony during the 1830s and 1840s. The Great Treak led to the founding of Boer republics such as Natal, Orange Free state and Transvaal.

The Battle of Blood River, so called due to the colour of water in the Ncome River turning red with blood, was fought between 470 Voortrekkers led by Andries Pretorius, and an estimated 10 000 to 15 000 Zulu attackers on the bank of the Ncome River on 16 December 1838, in what is today KwaZulu-Natal. Casualties amounted to 3 000 of king Dingane's soldiers, while three Trekker commando members were lightly wounded, including Pretorius himself.

At the Battle of Vegkop on 16 October 1836, 40 Boers stood down 5 000 Matabele warriors, killing more than 500.