Colonization of South Africa in the 19th century

#1
Hello,

We are four students from Switzerland. We have an oral presentation to make about the colonization of South Africa in the 19th century. We don't really know where to start because there's a lot to say. What would you begin with? What events should we highlight? Should we link imperialism and colonization?

Thanks in advance.
 
Mar 2012
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Following the breeze
#2
You need to start with Jan van Riebeeck ([ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_van_Riebeeck]Jan van Riebeeck - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]), even though this was in the 19th Century, he is fundamentally important in the colonization of South Africa because he is the founder of Cape Town, which would later become the Cape Colony under British Rule.

Follow this by talking about how the Cape Colony(Cape Town) fell into British hands after the battle of Muizenberg ([ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Muizenberg]Battle of Muizenberg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]). You can also Talk about why the British took the Cape Colony from the Dutch: [ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Cape_Colony]History of Cape Colony before 1806 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame] (Look under heading "Conflicts with the Dutch East India Company").

Once you have explained and understand these two point it's all down hill. What followed next was the Great Trek/Groot Trek([ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Trek]Great Trek - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]), when Dutch Settles in the Cape colony moved dipper inland into South Africa to get away from British rule and establish their own sovereign states.

After this is the famous Boer wars, the First Boer War([ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Boer_War]First Boer War - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]) being won by the Boers, and the second([ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Boer_War]Second Boer War - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]) by the British. AND IMPORTANTLY!!! THE DISCOVERY OF LARGE QUANTITIES OF NATURAL RESOURCES(Gold and Diamonds) ACROSS THE COUNTRY([ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witwatersrand_Gold_Rush]Witwatersrand Gold Rush - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]).

I hope this help, if you need to know more, just ask:)