Dingane Versus Pretorious.

by Daniel Russ on May 22, 2012

Andries Wilhelmus Jacobus Pretorius was a Boer leader

Andries Wilhelmus Jacobus Pretorius .


Andries Wilhelmus Jacobus Pretorius was Boer leader who actually helped form the Transvaal State. He came to power about the same time that Dingane killed Shaka Zulu and rose to power as the heir apparent to the empire. Dingane did not have the charismas that Shaka Zulu did. He lacked the salesmanship, the political saavy and the ability to build alliances. He ruled for 11 years and brought little to the Zulus. Understandably, there were a lot of issues unresolved and burning in the background. In many ways, both the Boers and the Zulus were invaders. The Zulus expansion began with Shaka Zulu. They took land from other bands and intimidated neighboring tribes. The Boers were known as the Trekkers, as they moved in mass to Cape Town, absconding the rule of the British for something unknown elsewhere. Ironically they settled in the Cape of Good Hope only miles from the heart of British South Africa in Natal Province.



Dingane invited two dozen Boer traders and suddenly killed them all. Their families waited in encampments nearby for another ten days. None of them circled their wagons into protective laagers. After 11 days, the Zulus slaughter the 500 trekkers, man woman and child.







The two invaders were rubbing against each other over land. The Zulus needed grazing land and believed that land is for everyone, cannot owned and they hated fences. The Boers believed they could take any unoccupied land and keep it. These represent the gasoline and the match.


Other explosive force would meet soon thereafter when prospectors found gold and diamonds in huge amounts in select areas around Zulu land and Boer territory. The Zulus were no fools either. They knew they had something valuable and many Zulu leaders opted to do good trade with the British. But where there are riches, and empires, blood flows.


At the Battle of Blood River, Pretorius struck back; he invaded the land of the Ndwandwe in force and formed strong protective laagers when he settled. Dingane lost 3000 men and failed to break through the laager perimeter in a long day of fighting. The king was defeated in every way a chief can be defeated. He lost his power and saw a rival rise. MPande. MPande was everything that Dingane was not. He was hugely fat, a sensible politician, a good combat commander, and ruled successfully for 32 years.



In fact, Pretorius actually liked and supported MPande. He was grateful for the nuanced ruler that replaced Dingane.



Ultimately MPande played a difficult game of succession pitting two sons against each other. Cetshwayo and MBoyaze. In a pitched battle Cetshwayo defeated MBoyaze and became the leader who ruled the war like Zulus into the most. outstanding example of a modern army falling to a stone-age army


Cetshwayp kaMpamde

Cetshwayo kaMpande


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Louis September 12, 2017 at 9:01 am

The Boers were trekking FROM the Cape Colony, as that was now British land (ceded to the British by the Dutch, after the Napoleonic wars), and they left for the Veld, where they started two republics (Transvaal, and Oranje Vrij Staat (Orange Free State), and along the coast to the east, and north, where they started another republic, Natal, which was after a few years occupied by the British.
And the gold and diamonds were found in Transvaal, not in Natal.

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