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Zoutpansberg, Gauteng, Suid-Afrika


Zoutpansberg was the north-eastern division of the Transvaal, South Africa. This was the district to which Louis Trichardt and Jan van Rensburg, the forerunners of the Great Trek, journeyed in 1835. In 1845 Hendrik Potgieter, a prominent leadeder of the Voortrekkers, moved there. The Zoutpansberg Boers formed a semi-independent community, and in 1857 Stephanus Schoeman, their commandant-general, sided against Marthinus Pretorius and Paul Kruger when they invaded the Orange Free State. It was not until 1864 that Zoutpansberg was definitely incorporated in the South African Republic.

Trichard and his companions had been shown gold workings by the natives, and it was in this district in 1867-70, and in the neighbouring region of Lydenburg, that gold mines were first worked by Europeans south of the Limpopo. The white settlers in Zoutpansberg had for many years a reputation for lawlessness, and were later regarded as typical "back velt Boers". Zoutpansberg contained a larger native population than any other region of the Transvaal.

It is a highly mineralized area; next to gold, copper, found near the Limpopo River (where the Messina mine is located) is also extracted here. The chief towns are Polokwane and Leydsdorp.

The Soutpansberg (Afrikaans, "Salt Pan Mountain") is a range of mountains in the north of South Africa, named for the salt pan located at its western end. The old Dutch spelling was Zoutspansberg.

Die Republiek Zoutpansberg was 'n Boererepubliek wat vanaf 1849 tot 1860 bestaan het. Die republiek se hoofstad was Zoutpansbergdorp (later bekend as Schoemansdal). Dit is later by die Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek ingelyf.

County/Shire : Latitude: -23.387640227334956, Longitude: 29.783935546875


Matches 1 to 2 of 2

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Died    Person ID 
1 van Vollenhoven, Josina  28 January 1865Zoutpansberg, Gauteng, Suid-Afrika I187938
2 Stolz, Elizabeth Jacomina  18 November 1898Zoutpansberg, Gauteng, Suid-Afrika I362332


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