[1829C. RoseFour Yrs in Sn Afr. 81The rich tract which Gaika had so unwillingly ceded to his allies, and from which the Kaffers had been expelled,..called the Neutral Ground.]
1833S. Afr. Almanac & Dir. 204Interview between Lord C. Somerset and the Caffer Chief Gaika. Neutral Territory ceded.
1834A. Smith inGraham’s Town Jrnl 24 Aug. 136Caffers inhabit this part of the neutral territory, and many visited our wagons.
1846J.M. BowkerSpeeches & Sel. (1864) 261The Neutral Territory is to be settled with Fingoes and Hottentots.
1852M.B. HudsonS. Afr. Frontier Lifep.viiThe Kafirs..had, on the restoration of peace, to vacate a certain portion of land previously held by them, and henceforth to be named ‘the Neutral Territory.’
1860W. ShawStory of my Mission 383The spring-bok, bush-bok, hartebeest, and qwagga, were frequently met with in troops and flocks in the grassy country of the neutral territory.
1875J.J. BissetSport & War 55A new military position..had recently been established east of the actual colonial border, on what was formerly called the Neutral Territory, between the Kat and Keiskamma Rivers.
1913G.E. CoryRise of S. Afr.II. 108The Neutral Territory, that is, the country between the Great Fish and Keiskamma rivers, which, according to the verbal treaty between Lord Charles Somerset and Gaika in 1819, was to be occupied by neither Kaffir nor colonist.
1977T.R.H. DavenportS. Afr.: Mod. Hist. 99D’Urban proposed to make the ‘neutral’ territory between the Keiskamma and the Kei available for exclusively white settlement.
1989Reader’s Digest Illust. Hist. of S. Afr. 72In 1819 Cape Governor Lord Charles Somerset knocked another nail in Ngqika’s coffin when he forced him to give up the land between the Kei and Keiskamma rivers as ‘neutral territory’, to be occupied by neither the settlers nor the Xhosas.
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