Jan Smuts Essay
Jan Christiaan Smuts was born on May 24, 1870 near Riebeek West in the cape colony of South Africa. Smuts was a politician, world famed statesman, soldier, philosopher, and former prime minister of South Africa. He was the only man who signed both treaties to end both world wars. In his early life his mother taught him elements of reading and writing in english. He entered school at the age of 12, when his elder brother died. His parents Jacobus Smuts and his wife Catharina, were traditional and prosperous Afrikaner farmers who were highly respected. Jan was quiet and delicate, as a child he was strongly inclined toward solitary pursuits. At age 16 in 1886, he moved on to Victoria College, Stellenbosch. Smuts learned high dutch, german, ancient greek, and continued to take an interest in literature. At the University he met his future wife Isie Krige the daughter of a leading local farmer. In October 1886, he decided to travel to Cambridge University. After his return to South Africa in 1895 he was known as an advocate in Cape Town. He began to practice law and then diverted his time to journalism and politics. When Cecil Rhodes launched the Jameson raid in the summer of 1895 Smuts was in full rage. Smuts felt betrayed and resigned from De Beers. He then became the state attorney. On October 11, 1899 the British invaded the Boer, beginning the second Boer war. During this time, Smuts handled propaganda, logistics, communications with general and diplomats, and anything else that was required. He served under Koos De La Ray who commanded 500 commandos in the western transvaal. Smuts excelled at hit and run warfare and
the unit evaded and harassed British Army. To end the conflict Smuts targeted a copper mining town of Okiep with full ammunition. Although the attack failed he had proven his point that he ...
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