Frontier, noun

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historical
a. The eastern districts of the former Cape Colony; the boundary zone between the area under the control of Xhosa-speaking peoples and the area under colonial rule. Also attributive. See also the Border (Border sense 1).
1812 J. Cradock in G.M. Theal Rec. of Cape Col. (1901) VIII. 435To..permanently establish the tranquillity of these distant districts I am under the necessity for a time to station the Cape Regiment upon the frontier and to sustain them by a considerable detachment of Europeans.
1990 Weekly Mail 29 June (Suppl.) 2That fateful meeting point of history, the eastern frontier.
b. comb.
Frontier war, any of nine wars fought in the eastern areas of the Cape Colony in the period 1779–1878, between Xhosa-speaking peoples (and at times Khoikhoi) on the one hand, and the Dutch or British authorities and colonial inhabitants on the other; formerly offensively called Kaffir war (sense (a) see kaffir noun sense 2 e). See also War of the Axe.
1893 Brown’s S. Afr. 179The Amatola Mountains and forests..were the scenes of many conflicts with the natives during the frontier wars.
1990 Weekend Post 31 Mar. 14Early shows had a multitude of problems to deal with, such as Frontier Wars and endemic stock disease.
The eastern districts of the former Cape Colony; the boundary zone between the area under the control of Xhosa-speaking peoples and the area under colonial rule. Also attributive.

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