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As British rule spread over the territories of the Cape

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As British rule spread over the territories of the Cape, some of the most independent of the Dutch  determined to escape from government control and sold their farms, packed their belongings into ox- drawn wagons, and headed northeast, in what came to be called the Great Trek. Their reasons for  the move and the conditions they faced were very much like those of North American settlers during  the same years, the middle of the nineteenth century. Both wanted more land and more  independence, and both faced hostile natives who feared and hated white men taking over the lands  that had been theirs for generations. In South Africa, the fiercest opponents were the Zulus, who  were more advanced militarily than any tribes the Dutch had seen thus far. Many of the trackers were  ambushed and slaughtered or forced to fight their way through enemy armies.
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