Unformatted text preview: Because of the guerrilla nature of the war, British forces conducted a "scorched earth" campaign, burning farmhouses and barns and crops to prevent their use by the enemy, and sending captured Boer women and children to camps, where many died. In fact, more people died in the camps than died, both British and Boer, in battle. This "scorched earth" campaign and the horror of the concentration camps embittered the Boers terribly; although they surrendered to the British in 1902, they have never forgotten or forgiven. However, the Boers themselves were barbaric, for they executed all captured natives who had worked for the British armies. While Britain's policy during the Boer War was full of blunders and brutality, its policy after the war was very liberal and conciliatory. Increasing freedom was given to the newly-captured territories, and in 1910, they were united with other British South African territories in the Union of South Africa, with...
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- Fall '09
- Louis Botha, General Louis Botha, Englishspeaking South Africans, prime minister. Botha