How did the discovery of minerals affect the relationship between the Boers and the British?

How did the discovery of minerals affect the relationship between the Boers and the British?

  • The British were envious due to fact that minerals were in the Boerrepublics and not theirs
  • The British started on plans to control the whole of South Africa.




  • The British annexation of diamond fields and Griqua land renewed old hatred between the British and the Boers.
  • The Boer republics felt that they had been cheated and their relationship with the British become unfriendly.
  • The cape becomes jealous. It did not want to see the Boer republics shared directly from the wealthy brought by the mineral discovery.
  • The British sought that the idea of the unification of the white states in South Africa under the British flag was necessary.
  • The Boars hated the idea of unification desired by the British. They suspected that it was trap to force them back under the cape.
  • In 1877, Britain annexed Transvaal because it was weak and in case of a civil war, it could not resist.




  • The increased number of Utilanders threatened to change the balance of power in disfavour of the Boars.
  • To maintain the balance power , the Boers restricted to voting rights of the Ultilnders

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