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Reasons for the Boer Trek

Ø  1.. British occupation of the cape allowed Boers to penetrate further into the interior.

2Boers dislike laws imposed by British in the Cape Province which gave greater equality to non-Whites races.

ØAbolition of slavery, the British administration at the cape forced Boers to free their African slaves.

Ø  Boers dislike the system of land holding which was introduced by British i.e. Boers were to pay higher rent.

Ø  Misunderstanding between Boers stock farmers and British administration

Ø  Boers dislike the British government decision of using the English language as the language of the government and in courts.

Ø  Boers wanted to be outside of the British Government authority.

The Effects of the Boer Trek

Ø  Creating of two Boer republics, that is the Orange Free State and South African republic.

Ø  Boers defeated black tribes on the way and took over their land and properties.

Ø  Establishment of apartheid policy.

Ø  Development of hostility between the Boers and British colonisers.

Ø  Africans were made property less labourers and squatters on Boers stock farms.

Ø  African land was alienated i.e. taken by foreigners

Ø  Intermarriage thus creation of Afrikaners.

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