Whites in southern Africa PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 October 2010 13:07

The following text was taken from an interview of Thule Italia to Volkstaat.it.

Boer wagon

2 - Can you give us a brief summary of what was the origin and motivations of the white presence in South Africa?

The origin isn’t unique, people arrived from different countries in different historical periods, for completely different reasons. For example, considering two extremes: there are those who arrived as refugee, to begin a new life on land that was free and uninhabited, and became a nation; there are those who came to make money when had already formed nations and states, and remained tied to foreign countries.
The first white men to arrive, in 1652, were Dutch and German Frisian ethnic group, were taken - some free, others by force - by Dutch East India Company (VOC), a semi-private company that wanted to build a station for the transit of ships at the Cape of Good Hope. About 35 years later, they were joined by large numbers of French Huguenots, fleeing religious persecution taking place in Europe. These people, arriving in southern Africa without imperialist purposes, amalgamated, and developing a new language in Africa: the Afrikaans. From these came off the Trekboers, which then become Voortrekkers (pioneers), the fathers of the Boer nation, the founders of the Boer Republics.
The Boer Republic in the region of the Transvaal (ZAR) was founded in 1852, that in the Orange Free State (Oranje-Vrystaat) in 1854, both of which were proclaimed on land largely uninhabited at that time interesting only for the Boers (gold and diamonds were yet to be discovered). And these Republics were not even the first attempts of the Boers to proclaim an independent state; at the end of 1700s, before the Great Trek, when they were in the Cape, had tried to be free. Just as them had tried in Natal, after the battle of Blood River (1838).
The British arrived in southern Africa much later, and with a completely different spirit. 5,000 British came to the Cape in 1820, after Britain had assumed political and military control; they were largely traders, convinced by the British government to move for colonial purposes, were sent to northern and eastern borders of the Cape, where the Trekboers were gone, tired of the treatment of VOC. Many of these British settlers, however, left the land to continue doing what they did at home.
With the discovery of gold in the Zuid Afrikaanse Republiek (ZAR, literally: “South African Repubblic”, the Boer Republic in the Transvaal region) in 1886, arrived tens thousands of whites, mainly British, and changing demographics of the area. With them came the interests of a small group of international financiers, mostly Jews.