The Union Of South Africa Essay

1391 Words Nov 29th, 2016 6 Pages
In 1652, Dutch traders founded Cape Town, South Africa when establishing a stopover point between the Netherlands and the Far East. In 1896, countless of Dutch immigrants made their way up north to find their own land after the British seized the Cape of Good Hope area. The Dutch settlers were known as Afrikaners, or Boers (farmers) to the British. When diamonds were discovered in 1867 and gold in 1886, they encouraged wealth and immigration while increasing suppression to the native population. Although the Afrikaners battled the British and were defeated in the Second South African War in 1899-1902, they came together under the Union of South Africa in 1910. In 1961, the Union of South Africa became a republic following the whites-only vote. In 1994, there were the first multi-racial elections and in 2008, South Africa’s President Thabo Mbeki was recalled by parliament after the African National Congress internal strife came to an end. After the African National Congress won the general election in 2009, Jacob Zuma became president, and was reelected in 2014. South Africa is located, of course, on the southern tip of the continent of Africa with the graphic coordinates of 29 00, 24 00 E. The South Africa area totals about 1,219,090 sq. km with about 1,214,470 sq. km of land and about 4,620 sq. km of water. Also, South Africa is compared as twice the size of the state of Texas. The border countries surrounded by South Africa are as follows: Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique,…

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