How did the British changes between 1806 and 1833 affect the Boers?

How did the British changes between 1806 and 1833 affect the Boers?

The Boers were not happy at all about the reforms since it disrupted their way of life, thus rejecting the British presence at the Cape.




The Boers of the eastern and northern borders were dissatisfied with the British administration.

The Boers organized several rebellions at Graafreinet and Swellendam claiming their independence from the British Administration.

The Boers disliked the British government for demanding many taxes yet they gave fewer services to the Boers in return.

The Boers hated the English laws, which gave equality to all races i.e. they hated the 50th ordinance, which restored the civil rights of Africans.

The Boers also rebelled after the Slachters’ Nek incident where the British Administration hanged Bezuidenhout and four other rebellious Boers.




These Boers where hanged because they defied the Black Circuit courts order and the five men killed became Martyrs of the Boers for fighting the British.

The slave abolition of 1834 caused hatred towards the British by the Dutch since the compensation given to the slave owners was little.

The Boers hated the abolition of slavery in 1834 because they lost the African labour in their farms, which affected the level of agricultural output badly.

The Boers hated the British missionaries because of forcing slave labour away from the Dutch farms by offering them education and accommodation.

The Boers opposed the introduction of the British legal system, which replaced their Old Dutch legal system at the Cape.




The Boers rejected the idea of taking them to the courts of law by the African slaves and accusing against by their slaves.

The Boers rejected the abolition of the Dutch Rix dollar and replacing it with the English Currency (English Silver) as the new currency at the Cape.

The Boers rejected the use of English as the official language and therefore preferred their Dutch language in schools, public offices and functions.

The Boers reacted by treating the Africans harshly than before the coming of the British Administration at the Cape i.e. Africans were more enslaved.




The Boers opposed the new education system, which offered education to the Africans and the use of English as the medium of instruction in schools.

The Boers generally hated the British reforms and decided to move into the interior of South Africa with all their movable property.

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