The Effects of the Battle of Vegkop of 1836

The Effects of the Battle of Vegkop of 1836

The battle of Vegkop resulted into massive loss lives on both sides of the Boers and the Africans due to the intensive and frequent battles and wars.




The war resulted into the death of some leaders of the Boers in the hands of the Ndebele warriors like Erasmus and Liebenberg killed in the course of the war.

There was depopulation in the interior of South Africa as many people killed on the Ndebele side during the battle.

There was the displacement of people from the war prone areas as many people flee for their dear lives to other places, which were relatively peaceful.




The Ndebele under their leader Mzilikazi were defeated at Mosega in 1837 by the Boer forces since his warriors were weak to defend themselves.

The war led to destruction of property, which eventually caused suffering to the Ndebele people, and eventually forced to migrate to other area.

Mzilikazi after his defeat decided to move with his people and they travelled northwards across Vaal into the Highlands of Zimbabwe (Rhodesia).

Mzilikazi set up his capital at Bulawayo where he stayed until the time of his death in 1868.




The three American missionaries eventually killed by the Ndebele warriors and this signified success on the Ndebele troops against the Boers.

The battle of Vegkop led to the disruption of agriculture thus worsening the economic conditions of the Ndebele people.

Trade and commerce disrupted in the area due to the conflicts between the Ndebele and the Boers in the interior of South Africa.

The battle of the Vegkop caused poverty, misery and suffering to the Ndebele people especially those who had lost their family members and property.




The battle of Vegkop led to loss of cattle on both sides to the tune of 10,000 herds of cattle due to the cattle raids and counter raids.

The Boers also gained confidence in using the laager system of fighting against the Africans since it was an efficient method of attacking their enemies.

The Boers regained some of their lost cattle and ox-wagons from the defeated Ndebele people at the battle of Vegkop.

The battle of Vegkop caused a state of general insecurity within and around Transvaal due to the continuous wars between the Ndebele and the Boers.




The battle of Vegkop caused famine, starvation since agriculture ignored, and the Boers destroyed gardens.

The loss by the Ndebele in the battle of Vegkop paved way for future wars like the battle of Blood River of 1838 where many people were killed.

The battle of Vegkop led to the creation of Orange Free State by the Boers after defeating the Ndebele people.

Mzilikazi lost his traditional authority over the Ndebele land since his land and territory taken over by the Boers after his defeat in 1837.




In conclusion, the effects were both positive and negative and short term and long term, political, social and economic in nature.

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