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Canadian Theme Unit
The War in South Africa

Canadian Theme Unit
Canadian Theme Unit

The War in South Africa
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.5

     challenging words:    Paardeberg, pro-British, precedent, flocked, oppressive, offensive, launched, leadership, ranks, cavalry, military, victorious, knowing, withhold, unit, leading
     content words:    South African War, Orange Free State, Henri Bourassa, PM Laurier, South Africa, Second Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, North West Rebellion, North West Mounted Police

The War in South Africa
By Mary Lynn Bushong

1     Caption: Boer women and children in British prison camp, about 1900.
2     The events leading to the Boer or South African War began long before the war did. Those events would bring Canada into its first international war.
3     The Boers were Dutch colonists who happened to reside near British colonies. They had two independent republics, Orange Free State and Transvaal. Boer is Dutch for farmer.
4     In 1886, gold was discovered in Transvaal. People flocked to the region. Most were British. The government of Transvaal was nervous about having so many strangers in their land. They decided to withhold political rights from the newcomers.
5     Many British thought that the Boers were backward and could be easily taken over. After all, it would be much more convenient if these mineral rich lands were in British control. The British pushed the Boers into declaring war.

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