A name given by the British Colonial Office during the 19th century to the region bounded by the Kat River hills and the Tyhumie, Keiskamma, and Fish rivers; Neutral Territory.
1819Cape Gaz. inG.M. ThealRec. of Cape Col. (1902) XII. 344Strong Military Posts shall be established between the Keiskamma and the Fish River, to prevent the future occupation of the Ceded Territory by any petty Chieftain.
1851Godlonton & IrvingNarr. of Kaffir War of 1850–51 6Sir Andreas Stockenstrom restored to the Kaffirs that portion of the country which they had lost in the war of 1834, lying between the Great Fish and Keiskamma Rivers, which now took the name of the Ceded Territory.
1853F.P. FlemingKaffraria 20The fourth article [of the treaty of 5th December 1836] provided that this territory..was to be held by the Kaffirs as a loan...This territory then and thenceforth was styled the ‘ceded territory’..no occupation of the land by Europeans being permitted.
1877J. NobleS. Afr. 48The intervening ceded territory was styled ‘neutral ground,’ and for some time remained unoccupied.
1963W.M. MacmillanBantu, Boer & Briton 130Pato had..been for years in peaceable occupation of the lower and less attractive part of the Ceded Territory, in Peddie.
1968E.A. WalkerHist. of Sn Afr. 186D’Urban still proposed..to give out all the Ceded Territory in farms.
1981J.B. PeiresHouse of Phalo 131Originally D’Urban had planned to settle the Mfengu in the Ceded Territory as a human buffer against the Xhosa.
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