Africa is land of various climates, deserts to the north, in the middle of the contenent, lays large jungles, and plains and mountains to the south. The whole southern end itself is various, not only in its in its cultures, but its peoples too. Between the beginning of the 19th century and the beginning of World War I in 1914, there was a power struggle between 3 major groups of people: The British, who had once inhabited the Cape Colony and had returned, the Native Africans, who had been there for some time, and had learned to live off the land, and the Boers, the descendants of the Dutch who had lived in the cape until the British returned. All of these people held power, but none of them held on to it for long. The rulers of the peoples, had different roles, either as lawmakers, or military commanders. These people, their actions, sacrifices, and stupidity, all took part in the formation of the country we now know as South Africa.
The African tribes of the south were once thought of people who lived richly, and also seen as people who were unintelligent and weak by the Europeans. The largest two tribes of these, the Zulus and the Xhosas, both proved to be a challenge for the British and the Boers as they moved inland, seeking riches and farmland. The Zulu tribes all lived under one king, whose main responsibility was setting up a strong and effective military, and have that army be able to defend the borders against anyone who wished to attack.
The Zulu lived prosperously, until around 1802, when their farms and the crops that were produced from them had fallen victim to a drought, which in turn caused a great famine. Several thousand people starved to death, which weakened the number of Zulu people for when the escaping Dutch went through Zulu territory, fleeing from the large number of British soldiers who had arrived in the cape in 1806.
The Zulu's best military leader, Shaka, started gaining power in 1810, when he... [continues]
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