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The Jameson Raid

Artist's impression of the Jameson Raid /

Artist’s impression of the Jameson Raid /

One hundred and five years ago something happened in South Africa which has now largely been forgotten. The incident probably arose because of the remorseless and unnecessary need of the British to expand an already overlarge Empire.

On December 29, 1894, Dr. Leander Starr Jameson (1853 – 1917), who was an administrator in the British South Africa Company, led an armed band of 470 mounted men (whites of course) from Bechuanaland into the Transvaal. The intention was to advance 180 miles to Johannesburg, there to join the non-Boer European workers known as the Uitlanders, in their attempt to overthrow the government of Paul Kruger. (more…)

By | 2011-01-25T17:30:03+00:00 January 25th, 2011|African History|3 Comments
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