Boer Republic, noun phrase

Origin:
EnglishShow more Boer sense 2 + English republic.
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Any of several independent Boer states constituted during the nineteenth century (but particularly the South African Republic): a. The South African Republic: ZAR. b. The Orange Free State; see also Free State noun phrase. c. Any of several small, short-lived states, including Vryheid, Natalia, Stellaland, Goshen, Winburg, and Utrecht. In all senses also called Dutch Republic (see Dutch adjective sense 2). See also Boerland.
1878 A. Aylward Tvl of Today 29It is not a little interesting to remark the hold education has taken in the Orange Free State, essentially a Boer republic.
1913 J. Brandt Petticoat Commando 107The Boer Republics had no organised force. In the event of war against natives or against some foreign Power, the burghers were called up from their farms..to fight for home and fatherland.
1926 M. Nathan S. Afr. from Within 165He (sc. Jameson) frustrated a Boer raid into his territory, only to become a raider in his turn — thereby endangering peace between Great Britain and the Boer Republics.
1937 C. Birkby Zulu Journey 145Henry Cloete..was sent to Natal as a special commissioner immediately the old Boer republic of Natalia struck its flag.
1955 D.L. Hobman Olive Schreiner 113In due course the two Boer Republics were also annexed to the Crown, but the Transvaal was restored to independence after the victory of the Boers over the British at the battle of Majuba Hill in the first Anglo-Boer War, in 1881.
1961 T.V. Bulpin White Whirlwind 150Utrecht, an odd little town which until recently had ranked itself among the capitals of the world, for it had been the political centre of one of the several Boer republics in South Africa.
1973 J. Meintjes Voortrekkers 20Without this faith in God there would have been no Great Trek, no Boer Republics and no Boer Wars.
1982 S. Afr. Panorama May 6In the Boer republics of the Transvaal and Orange Free State, Dutch was the written language and Afrikaans the spoken language.
1988 Afr. Contemp. Rec. 1986–7 720Since the days of the old Boer Republics in the 19th Century no Indian was allowed to remain in the Free State for longer than 24 hours.
1990 Weekly Mail 8 June 1For years Van Tonder has used his isolated farm..as the headquarters from which to wage a battle for the restoration of the old Boer Republics.
Any of several independent Boer states constituted during the nineteenth century (but particularly the South African Republic): a. The South African Republic: ZAR. b. The Orange Free State; see also Free Statenoun phrase. c. Any of several small, short-lived states, including Vryheid, Natalia, Stellaland, Goshen, Winburg, and Utrecht. In all senses also called Dutch RepublicDutchadjective2.
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