Episode 49 – The Khoe War of 1799, Gerrit Owies is speared in the back and the Boers face the Hottentot Corps


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This is episode 49 and Khoe and Oorlam Afrikaaner uprising of 1799. Keep in mind at this point in South African history, Afrikaaners are the mixed race band of former Khoe, mixed race, slaves and Namaqua living in the northern Hantam and at times, raiding Namaqualand. When we left off last episode things were sliding towards war as the settlers of the Hantam and the Khoe were thrown into chaos. This episode we’ll hear also pick up the story further east in the Zuurveld where Coenraad de Buys who’d taken to living amongst the Khoe and basters. His fortunes had been mixed but changed after 1795 when Xhosa chief Ngqika who’d recently defeated his uncle Ndlambe, decided he must acquire a white advisor to help him obtain guns and horses. 1799 was a momentous year in Southern Africa history as you’re going to hear because not only did the Khoe rise up and the Boers, further north the proto-Zulu groups of the Mthethwa and Ndwandwe were also growing their power quickly.

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