Xhosa, Show more So called because the war began when British forces invaded Xhosa territory, after a patrol (sent to arrest a Xhosa man suspected of stealing an axe) had been ambushed; see quotation 1888.
A war on the eastern frontier between Xhosa and British forces, lasting from March 1846 to December 1847.See also Frontier war (Frontier sense b).
Also known as the Seventh Frontier War.
1888H.B. SidwellStory of S. Afr. 100The War of the Axe, One of Sandilli’s tribe was arrested for stealing an axe, and sent to Graham’s Town to be tried...A band of Kafir warriors burst from the dense bush..and overpowered the escort.
1912Ayliff & WhitesideHist. of Abambo 17The brother of Matiwana was living near Fort Beaufort, and took an important part in the defence of the town when attacked by the Hottentots in the war of the Axe.
1987G. VineyCol. Houses 113By the outbreak of the Seventh Frontier War (‘The War of the Axe’) he already had immense stock in hand.
1991F.G. ButlerLocal Habitation 268This was the road down which..Collett had sent his wool to Port Elizabeth during the War of the Axe.
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