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Old November 17th, 2012, 08:35 AM   #1

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Was it ever possible that the Zulus and Boers could have cooperated to resist the British?
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Old November 17th, 2012, 11:34 AM   #2

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Was it ever possible that the Zulus and Boers could have cooperated to resist the British?
Resist against what and at which period in time?

The Boers entered Zulu territory in the 1830s. The British claimed Natal as a colony in the 1840s and started settling the colony outside of Durban in the decades thereafter.

There were/are a lot of Afrikaneer (Boer) farmers in northern Natal. There was always tension between Boers and Zulus ever since The Great Trek of the 1830s. The usual conflicts were about land and the stealing of cattle. Also, the battles between Boers and Zulus were in living memory at least up to the Second Boer War - and thereafter passed on to new generations.

The Boers were the 'up close and personal' intruders in Zulu territory. They were the imperialist that the Zulus had to deal most with. So an alliance between Boers and Zulus was not very likely.

Besides, my impression is that Boers weren't very good at cooperating with the natives. At least not like the British were.
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