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battle of Majuba Hill

1881. Majuba Hill was the only major battle of the first Boer War (1880–1), which arose from the British annexation of the Republic of the Transvaal in 1877. In December 1880 the ...

Majuba Hill, battle of

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A Dictionary of British History (3 ed.)

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... Hill, battle of , 1881 . Majuba Hill was the only major battle of the first Boer War ( 1880–1 ), which arose from the British annexation of the Republic of the Transvaal in 1877 . In December 1880 the Boers rose in revolt, laying siege to isolated British garrisons. At Majuba Hill the British were driven off with 287 casualties compared to 7 Boers. By the convention of Pretoria of 5 April the Transvaal regained its...

Majuba Hill, battle of

Majuba Hill, battle of (1881)   Reference library

Stephen Badsey

The Oxford Companion to British History (2 ed.)

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... Hill, battle of , 1881 . Majuba Hill was the only major battle of the first Boer war ( 1880–1 ), which arose from the British annexation of the Republic of the Transvaal in 1877 . In December 1880 the Boers rose in revolt, laying siege to isolated British garrisons. A relief column of 1,100 soldiers and sailors led by Major-General Sir George Pomeroy-Colley was checked at Laing’s Nek (pass) in January 1881 . The area is dominated by Majuba Hill, rising 1,100 feet above it. At night, on 26 February, Pomeroy-Colley led a force of about 400 men...

battle of Majuba Hill

battle of Majuba Hill  

1881.Majuba Hill was the only major battle of the first Boer War (1880–1), which arose from the British annexation of the Republic of the Transvaal in 1877. In December 1880 the Boers rose in revolt, ...
Boer wars

Boer wars  

(1880–81; 1899–1902)Wars fought between Britain and Transvaal and between Britain and Transvaal and the Orange Free State. The first arose from the British annexation of the Transvaal in 1877 and the ...
Volksrust

Volksrust (Mpumalanga/South Africa)   Quick reference

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...Volksrust , Mpumalanga/South Africa ‘People’s Rest’ from the Afrikaans volk ‘people’ and rust ‘rest’, possibly because Boers rested here after battle, possibly the Battle of Majuba Hill in 1881 which resulted in a sweeping Boer victory over the...

South African War

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...Drift, a poorly planned British assault left 18 Canadians dead and 63 wounded, Canada's bloodiest battle since the War of 1812 . The second engagement occurred on the 19th anniversary of Britain's humiliating defeat by the Boers at Majuba Hill. Placed on the front lines, the Canadians led an early morning assault on the demoralized Boer fortifications, bringing the Canadian troops exaggerated credit for the spectacular surrender, Britain's first major victory of the war. On 7 November 1900 , at Liliefontein, the Royal Canadian Dragoons, supported by the...

Boer Wars

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...Second Wars of Freedom ) ( 1880–81 ; 1899–1902 ) Wars fought between Britain and Transvaal and between Britain and Transvaal and the Orange Free State. The first arose from the British annexation of the Transvaal in 1877 and the incompetent administration that followed. In 1880 it was thought that the Gladstone government would grant independence, or at least self-government; when hopes were dashed, Kruger , Joubert, and Pretorius took power as a triumvirate. British disasters at the battles of Laing’s Nek, Ingogo, and Majuba Hill forced peace...

Boer War, First

Boer War, First (1880–1)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Military History

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...the frontier between Natal and the Transvaal. Colley failed to open this route with a frontal attack on twice his number of Boers on 28 January, followed by the failure of a further attack with 300 men at the battle of Ingogo river on 8 February. On 26 February, Colley led 350 men in a night march to capture Majuba Hill, which dominated the pass below. Under heavy Boer covering fire, Joubert sent 180 men in small parties up onto the hill, where their superior marksmanship caused a British rout. Colley was killed, and almost his entire force was wiped out....

South African English

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The Oxford Companion to the English Language (2 ed.)

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...Xhosa. Zulu names include Amanzimtoti (‘sweet water’), Khayelitsha (‘new home’), and Majuba (‘doves’), also as a hybrid form Majuba Hill , the site of a battle between Zulus and British in 1882 . The prefix Kwa (‘place of’) is common, as in KwaZulu (‘place of the people of heaven’, replacing the Anglo-hybrid Zululand ) and KwaMashu (‘Mashu’s place’). The use of an internal capital letter in such names is distinctive; the prefix Um occurs with the names of rivers, as in Umfolozi, Umhlanga , and Umkomazi , but without such a capital....

Gladstone, William Ewart

Gladstone, William Ewart (1809–98)   Reference library

H. C. G. Matthew

The Oxford Companion to British History (2 ed.)

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...was intended as a brief occupation to remove ‘extreme’ nationalists. Egypt proved, however, to be the ‘nest egg’ of Britain’s north and central African empire. In 1881 , war against the Boers in South Africa included the public-relations disaster of Majuba Hill . Order had also to be established in the Sudan and Gladstone, despite misgivings, failed to prevent Lord Hartington and others sending Charles Gordon to a Sudanese imbroglio partly of Gordon’s own making; Gordon’s death in 1885 was a further embarrassment to a beleaguered government. Gladstone...

Battles

Battles: 1469 BCE - 1954  

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...on both sides of more than 50,000 Gettysburg, Battle of (1–3 July 1863) A Dictionary of World History 2 19th century War American civil war Wars and Revolutions North America United States 1876 1876 George Custer leads a US cavalry attack on the Sioux at the Little Bighorn river, with disastrous results Little Bighorn, Battle of The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military 1 19th century War North America United States 1881 1881 The Boers inflict a convincing defeat on a British army at Majuba, in the Transvaal Majuba Hill, battle of (1881) The Oxford...

South Africa (republic)

South Africa (republic): c. 600 BCE - 2008  

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...the British and is exiled to 'Cape Town Cetchewayo, Chief (d. 1884) The Oxford Companion to Military History 1 19th century Africa South Africa 1881 1881 The Boers inflict a convincing defeat on a British army at Majuba, in the Transvaal Majuba Hill, battle of (1881) The Oxford Companion to British History 1 rev 19th century Victorian era War Battles British empire European empires from 1415 European empires in Africa Africa South Africa Europe Empires 1883 1883 The British reinstate Cetshwayo as Zulu king, but over a much smaller territory Cetchewayo, Chief...

South Africa

South Africa: c. 15 million years ago - 2010  

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...Transvaal Majuba Hill, battle of (1881) The Oxford Companion to British History 1 rev 19th century Victorian era War Battles British empire European empires from 1415 European empires in Africa Africa South Africa (republic) Europe Empires 1883 1883 The British reinstate Cetshwayo as Zulu king, but over a much smaller territory Cetchewayo, Chief (d. 1884) The Oxford Companion to Military History 1 19th century Africa South Africa (republic) 1883 1883 French marines land at Tamatave in Madagascar to protect French interests and assert French control French...

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War: c. 8000 BCE - 2011  

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...1879 The British destruction of Cetshwayo's kraal at Ulundi ends the Zulu War Ulundi, battle of (1879) A Dictionary of British History 1 rev 19th century Victorian era Politics Conquest and colonization British empire European empires from 1415 European empires in Africa Africa South Africa South Africa (republic) Europe Empires 1881 1881 The Boers inflict a convincing defeat on a British army at Majuba, in the Transvaal Majuba Hill, battle of (1881) The Oxford Companion to British History 1 rev 19th century Victorian era Battles British empire European...

British empire

British empire: 1583 - 1997  

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...Europe Empires 1881 1881 The Boers inflict a convincing defeat on a British army at Majuba, in the Transvaal Majuba Hill, battle of (1881) The Oxford Companion to British History 1 rev 19th century Victorian era War Battles European empires from 1415 European empires in Africa Africa South Africa South Africa (republic) Europe Empires 1881 1881 The British withdraw from Afghanistan, having achieved nothing in the Second Anglo-Afghan War Anglo‐Afghan Wars A Dictionary of World History 2 19th century Victorian era Politics Conquest and colonization War...

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Victorian era: 1837 - 1901  

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...of World History 2 19th century Britain 1750-1900 Politics Great Britain - from 1707 United Kingdom - from 1801 British Isles British prime ministers - from 1830 Europe Rulers and politicians Britain 1881 1881 The Boers inflict a convincing defeat on a British army at Majuba, in the Transvaal Majuba Hill, battle of (1881) The Oxford Companion to British History 1 rev 19th century War Battles British empire European empires from 1415 European empires in Africa Africa South Africa South Africa (republic) Europe Empires 1881 1881 The Tynwald in the Isle of Man...

European empires in Africa

European empires in Africa: 1415 - 1990  

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...Empires 1881 1881 The Boers inflict a convincing defeat on a British army at Majuba, in the Transvaal Majuba Hill, battle of (1881) The Oxford Companion to British History 1 rev 19th century Victorian era War Battles British empire European empires from 1415 Africa South Africa South Africa (republic) Europe Empires 1881 1881 France invades Tunisia from Algeria, and in the Treaty of Bardo forces the bey of Tunis to accept the status of a French protectorate Tunisia, French conquest of (1881–1911) The Oxford Companion to Military History 1 19th century Politics...

European empires from 1415

European empires from 1415: 1415 - 1997  

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...Empires 1881 1881 The Boers inflict a convincing defeat on a British army at Majuba, in the Transvaal Majuba Hill, battle of (1881) The Oxford Companion to British History 1 rev 19th century Victorian era War Battles British empire European empires in Africa Africa South Africa South Africa (republic) Europe Empires 1881 1881 France invades Tunisia from Algeria, and in the Treaty of Bardo forces the bey of Tunis to accept the status of a French protectorate Tunisia, French conquest of (1881–1911) The Oxford Companion to Military History 1 19th century Politics...

Africa

Africa: c. 15 million years ago - 2011  

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...in opening up the Congo, reaching Stanley Pool ahead of him Brazza, Pierre Savorgnan de (1852–1905) Encyclopedia of Africa 1 19th century Politics Conquest and colonization Commerce and industry European empires from 1415 European empires in Africa Central Africa East Africa Europe Society Empires 1881 1881 The Boers inflict a convincing defeat on a British army at Majuba, in the Transvaal Majuba Hill, battle of (1881) The Oxford Companion to British History 1 rev 19th century Victorian era War Battles British empire European empires from 1415 European...

Empires

Empires: 27 BCE - 1999  

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...1881 The Boers inflict a convincing defeat on a British army at Majuba, in the Transvaal Majuba Hill, battle of (1881) The Oxford Companion to British History 1 rev 19th century Victorian era War Battles British empire European empires from 1415 European empires in Africa Africa South Africa South Africa (republic) Europe 1881 1881 France invades Tunisia from Algeria, and in the Treaty of Bardo forces the bey of Tunis to accept the status of a French protectorate Tunisia, French conquest of (1881–1911) The Oxford Companion to Military History 1 19th century...

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