Tourism, Accommodation and Historical Attractions in Natal, South Africa
The Natal Battlefields
The Voortrekkers - The Natal Republiek
The Natal Republiek
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Clouds on the Horizon
There now followed a period of relative tranquility for the Voortrekkers who had undergone so much. Farms were apportioned and it seemed likely that their small republic would be recognized by Whitehall. Two towns were established, Weenen and Bosmansrand - quickly renamed Pietermaritzburg after Piet Retief and Gert Maritz the Voortrekkers. As promised in the vow undertaken before the battle of Blood River, a church - the Church of the Vow - was constructed.
Africans also drifted back to the lands from which they had been driven by both Shaka and Dingane. However, only five families per farm were allowed to resettle and the surplus were relocated South to land claimed by paramount chief Faku of the Pondos. There were to be far reaching consequences to this action.
An incident with a local chief was to have dire consequences for the Voortrekkers.
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